Episode 68: Justice Kavanaugh Confirmed
On Saturday with a 50-48 vote in the US Senate, Judge Kavanaugh become Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most narrowly decided confirmations in generations. This decision came after months of speculation about his sparely released paper record and weeks of outcry after several women accused him of sexual assault. The confirmation later turned much uglier with a public hearing of Kavanaugh and his first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. There was criticism about Kavanaugh’s partisan temperament in his prepared remarks. Then, Senators Flake and Coons were able to secure a 1-week supplemental FBI investigation.
The ugly confirmation process was too much for a few swing Senators like Heidi Heithamp (D-North Dakota), Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who all voted against Judge Kavanaugh.
In the end, the backlash and outrage against Judge Kavanaugh wasn’t enough: Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) voted to confirm the judge giving President Trump the conservative Court he promised during the campaign.
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