Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As Newest Supreme Court Justice

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| 09 October, 2018, 05:32

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday with a Senate vote largely divided along party lines.

Bush had several conversations with Republican Senators Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and Lisa Murkowski, as well as Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who were key votes in the process to confirm President Trump's nominee, according to The Washington Post.

Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside. Both oaths will be administered so Kavanaugh can participate in the work of the court immediately. The ceremony took place in the room where the justices meet for their private conferences.

"Judge Kavanaugh's record is clear". We are concerned that, as a new Supreme Court justice, Judge Kavanaugh will exhibit the same extreme partisanship and lack of veracity and judicial temperament that we have all witnessed in recent days. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the 53-year-old Kavanaugh a victim of "an ugly left-wing smear campaign" and charged Democrats with character assassination.

Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a rally in Topeka, Kansas, that he thinks Brett Kavanaugh is "going to be a great Supreme Court justice for many years to come".

Lengthy speeches from senators predicted not only which future cases may appear in the court but also which way Justice Kavanaugh would vote on these cases, with speculation on the possible political and legal ramifications of the decision appearing to motivate many from the Democratic Party.

University of Iowa law professor Paul Gowder, who signed onto the letter, said he was surprised when he heard the testimony from Kavanaugh.

Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare.


After months of contentious battles on Capitol Hill, which included numerous last-minute and unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct, the US senate approved Kavnauagh's nomination in a narrow vote Saturday that fell down party lines.

Sen. Susan Collins said Saturday that while she believes that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was sexually assaulted, she does not believe that now-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh did it.

While largely emerging from his formal confirmation hearing unscathed, Kavanaugh faced a late burst of sexual assault allegations from multiple women from when he was in high school and college. He has repeatedly praised Kavanaugh as an excellent jurist. The investigation was completed on Thursday, and Republicans said the FBI found no corroborating evidence. He stood by Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge with a history of advancing Republican causes.

But both senators seemed ready to vote in favor of Kavanaugh early in the process. On Thursday, almost 300 protesters, including comedian and actress Amy Schumer, were detained by Capitol Police during a demonstration.

Kavanaugh, for his part, in a fiery appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, vehemently denied the charges saying they were "last-minute smears, pure and simple".

For now, many men apparently agree with Trump's warning that the surge in women speaking out against sexual violence in the #MeToo era has created "a very scary time" for men in America. He added: "What they're putting him through and his family is incredible". Collins and Murkowski have also proven themselves to be more moderate than many other Republican senators; they voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act in July 2017.

NPR's Shannon Van Sant said anti-Kavanaugh protesters, of which she saw hundreds, far outnumbered Kavanaugh's supporters in front of the Capitol but that a small group of Kavanaugh supporters had shown up.

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