Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As Newest Supreme Court Justice

Ford’s own team kills liberal narrative Alleged attack did not happen Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As Newest Supreme Court Justice
Melinda Barton | 09 October, 2018, 03:56

With a quiet thumbs up vote Friday, Manchin became the only Democrat to cross party lines and support moving Kavanaugh's nomination to Saturday's final vote.

Manchin, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking.

Ford's lawyers have prodded the FBI to interview their client for its supplemental background investigation on Kavanaugh.

Democrats don't seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that's not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, her longtime friend and fellow moderate Republican, spoke on the Senate floor for 45 minutes, explaining her support for Kavanaugh in detail.

Demonstrators block the main entrance door as they take the steps of the US Supreme Court protesting the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

Republican Sen. Steve Daines has a scheduling conflict for Saturday - his daughter's wedding - but has said he will make it back to vote yes for Kavanaugh. "It's just not worth it". He accused Democrats of using destructive, unwarranted personal attacks on the nominee and even emboldening protesters, saying, "They have encouraged mob rule". One Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted "present" although she said she opposed the nomination.

Also voting to move the nomination forward was Democratic senator Joe Manchin, who had been undecided.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this frightful, disgusting attack by the Democrats".

"This is a great day for America", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News late Friday, congratulating his colleagues for "refusing to roll over under all of this intense pressure".

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa's Chuck Grassley, said before the vote.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on the Senate floor before the vote, raised concerns that Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v Wade - the 1973 decision that found a constitutional right to abortion - and was extreme on gun rights.

And now that the FBI has concluded its investigation without interviewing Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanaugh - given their sworn testimony last week, the FBI apparently deemed there was no need - Democrats are once again caterwauling, criticizing the FBI report as "inadequate", "incomplete", "stunted", "straitjacketed", "very limited", and "a cover up". In addition, Republican Senator Jeff Flake has also indicated he is a yes vote.

How do I know it was Democrats who leaked her letter? She told the Senate that she decried the confirmation process as a "caricature of a gutter-level political campaign" marred by "over-the-top rhetoric and distortions" of Kavanaugh's record.

Democrats also challenged Kavanaugh's honesty, temperament and ability to be nonpartisan after he fumed at last week's Judiciary hearing that Democrats had launched a "search and destroy mission" against him fueled by their hatred of Trump.

"This behavior revealed a hostility and belligerence unbecoming of someone seeking to be elevated to the Supreme Court", she said.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party more than three decades ago while they were both in high school.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would likely swing the court rightward in its judicial leanings - but that's not what protesters have been most concerned with Friday.