On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. After one of the longest and most contentious battles over an appointment, he finally was appointed the ninth spot on the Supreme Court as an associate justice. Kavanaugh had a very well-rounded resume and was qualified for the position before he was nominated by President Trump, but his actions before his legal career caused some controversy.
Judge Kavanaugh has an extensive background in law. He attended college at Yale and graduated cum laude in 1987 before attending Yale Law School. After graduating from law school he worked as a clerk for many different members of the U.S. Court before making partner at Kirkland & Ellis. He then served as an associate and a senior associate counsel to President George W. Bush. President Bush then nominated Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2003, but he was confirmed by the Senate until 2006. Before being confirmed by the Senate in 2006 by a vote of 57-36, Kavanaugh served as the staff secretary to Bush.
Kavanaugh served as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit from May 2006 until recently, due to his new nomination. In July of this year, President Donald Trump announced Judge Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court to fill the shoes of Justice Kennedy after his retirement. On September 17, 2018, the vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the newest member of the Supreme Court was set, but some unexpected news came forth.
On Sept. 16, The Washington Post released an article that would change Kavanaugh’s life. This article was published in order to expose Kavanaugh for his actions in the past. Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor in California, cane forward and publicly accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her back in the 1980s when they were both teenagers. These serious allegations came as he was set to become the next Justice on the Supreme Court. After Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual abuse, two other women came forward with similar cases. There was no convicting evidence for these cases of abuse, as the FBI conducted full investigations and concluded very little.
The allegations were thoroughly looked at and nothing was definitive, so it was time for the Senate to vote. The Senate was extremely split on whether or not Kavanaugh should be confirmed, and the vote was historically close. This vote finished with the closest margin in over 130 years.
On October 6, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed into the Supreme Court by a vote of 50 votes for his confirmation and 48 votes against his confirmation into the Supreme Court.