Kavanaugh confirmed after tumultuous accusations

Kavanaugh listens to opening statements from senators at Judiciary Hearing.

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Kavanaugh listens to opening statements from senators at Judiciary Hearing.

President Donald Trump announced in June that he would nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh is a longtime foe of former President Bill Clinton and a former aide to President George W. Bush, and is favored by many conservatives.

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Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as a federal judge by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2006. President George W. Bush looks on.

But Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, was soon facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. In late September, Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school and college, and an additonal anonymous allegation has surfaced. Kavanaugh denied the allegations in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The allegations from the three named accusers are from the 1980s, when Kavanaugh was in high school and college, and an anonymous letter sent to a senator in the past week details an accusation from 1998.

The judge denied the allegations and pledged never to give up.

On Friday, October 5th, The Senate had voted to advance US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a final confirmation vote on Saturday, October 6th. Republican and Democrat senators are divided over the nomination and, with only a 51-49 party split, his confirmation hangs in the balance.

USA Today reported this a “cloture” vote and “it put the Senate on the clock. It’s important because it also effectively blocks any filibuster attempt by Democrats to delay a vote on Kavanaugh and officially gives the Senate 30 hours to debate the nomination.”

Judge Kavanaugh holding back emotion at hearing.

We are seeing more and more people supporting Kavanaugh and not just Republicans. Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, Phil Bredesen, shocked his party Friday, saying in a statement he supports the judge. “Bredesen said, “I believe a Senator’s responsibility to ‘advise and consent’ is not a license to indulge in partisanship, but should focus on the qualifications of the nominee, their ethics and their temperament.”

The previous quote was prior to the allegations, but Bredesen still hasn’t turned away. “While the subsequent events make it a much closer call, and I am missing key pieces of information that a sitting Senator has, I’m still a ‘yes’.”

Donald Trump said on Twitter, “Wow, such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Look at the energy, look at the polls. Something very big is happening. He is a fine man and great intellect. The country is with him all the way!”

The final vote on Saturday was 50-48 in favor of Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh could tilt the balance of the Supreme Court in favor of Republicans for decades.

The result had the nation experiencing mixed feelings. Many notable figures went to twitter to express their feelings. President Trump exclaimed, “I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!”

Others were not so impressed with the outcome. Jim Carrey said, “Real American heroism. Dr. Ford risked everything to tell the truth about this privileged Kavanaugh goon. Avenge her in November.”