By Trisha Trinh
President Trump appointed former law clerk Brett Kavanaugh to be next Supreme Justice on Oct. 6 after Anthony Kennedy retired on July 9. Brett Kavanagh worked side-by-side with the Bush administration. He later became an U.S. Circuit Judge and was sworn in by Judge Anthony Kennedy. Because of Kavanaugh’s work with Kennedy, Trump felt like Kavanaugh was well-qualified candidate for the job of Supreme Justice.
During Kavanaugh’s time in office, he had taken on some notable cases, ranging from abortion to national security. He followed conservative values and supported anything that the Republican Party unveiled.
“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law,” said President Trump about the nomination.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation was nearing its end following his confirmation hearing when allegations by psychology professor, Christine Blasey Ford, that Brett Kavanagh had sexually assaulted her in high school, surfaced in September. Dr. Ford gave vivid details of the alleged assault that happened. She described how drinking was an essential part as to how it happened.
“Brett Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted me during high school in the early 1980’s…It is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizen about the idea of not saying anything,” read Ford’s letter written to Senator Dianne Feinstein.
After the allegation, the conformation was immediately put on hold. Shortly after, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick also accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, which resulted in an FBI investigation. Only Ford got the chance to testify against him. Kavanaugh clearly stated his belief that those allegations were a sabotage delivered by Democrats to change the minds of the Senate Republicans.
“This is an orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election fear that has been unfairly stoked about,” said Kavanaugh during the hearing.
Ford was terrified of speaking on the matter and wanted to keep the information confidential until she was comfortable with revealing what happened, mainly during the trial.
“I am here today, not because I don’t want to be, but I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school,” said Ford during her opening statement.
When the hearing ended, the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice on Oct.
“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!” tweeted President Trump. ◆