Updated: Jan 21, 2019
Author: Karuna Savoie
Chief Justice John Roberts oversees the Constitutional Oath with Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Photo courtesy of CNBC.
After several weeks of contentious hearings, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court.
In Ford’s hearing, she said that she was “100 percent” certain that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her, according to The Hill. On Oct 6, The New York Times released an article stating that before Kavanaugh’s own testimony, the nominee had a meeting with Don McGahn, the current White House Counsel and Assistant to the President, in the Hart Senate Office Building. McGahn told Kavanaugh that he should show the Senators how he really felt in order to save his nomination.
The day after the hearings, Republican Senator Jeff Flake made a deal with Senator Christopher Coons, along with other Democrats, for a one-week FBI investigation into the allegations from Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick. Democrats criticized the investigation as failing to contact corroborating witnesses, including Ford and Kavanaugh themselves. On Oct. 4, the investigation closed. In the Capitol Visitors Center, arranged for classified materials, Senators individually read the FBI’s report.
On Friday, the Senate held a cloture vote to limit debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Senator Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh, and Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican in opposition. Senator Susan Collins, who stated that she would vote for Kavanaugh, provided the final support for his confirmation.
Murkowski said that even though she was against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, she would vote as “present” for the final vote “as a courtesy” to Senator Steve Daines, who was attending his daughter’s wedding and would not be able to cast his vote in Washington.
Kavanaugh was confirmed on Oct. 6 to the Supreme Court, securing a solid conservative majority. Senators voted 50 to 48 meanwhile protesters crowded Capitol Hill. Retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Chief Justice John G. Roberts swore in Kavanaugh in a private ceremony wrapped up what The New York Times calls a “volatile intersection of gender and politics.” At 53 years old, Judge Kavanaugh will be able to serve for decades.
On Oct 8., Judge Kavanaugh took his seat as the 114th justice of the Supreme Court.