Kirsters Baish| After the Democrats blindsided Brett Kavanaugh with decades-old sexual assault allegations during his confirmation hearing, the Supreme Court nominee underwent weeks of severe scrutiny. Today, the Democrats lost their battle to sabotage Kavanaugh, as he was sworn onto the Supreme Court of the United States, earning the title Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The final vote to confirm Kavanaugh was tallied at 50-48. The FBI’s week-long investigation into the allegations brought no leads and no supporting evidence to back them up, prompting the FBI to end the investigation and drop the accusations against Kavanaugh.
Fox News reports:
Saturday’s roll call marked the tightest successful Supreme Court confirmation vote in over 100 years, closer than even that of Clarence Thomas who similarly faced sexual misconduct allegations.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was the sole Democrat to vote “yes.” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was a “no,” but voted “present” as a courtesy to Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who was attending his daughter’s wedding in Montana.
Democrats reacted to the vote by urging supporters to turn out to the polls in November for the midterms.
“The American people are raising their voices to a deafening roar today. We will not stop marching, we will not stop fighting, and we will vote on Election Day for leaders who share our values.” Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez stated.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell of Kentucky stated that it was “a good day for America and an important day for the Senate,” setting aside Democratic criticism.
“We stood up for the presumption of innocence, we refused to be intimidated by the mob of people coming after Republican members at their homes and hallways,” McConnell said.
President Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, tweeted his congratulations to the newly appointed Justice. He wrote, “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!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2018
There were already strong notions as of Friday evening that Kavanaugh would be confirmed this weekend after Senator Manchin and Senator Susan Collins announced that they would be voting to confirm the nominee after having preciously been undecided. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona also announced that he would be voting to confirm Kavanaugh after requesting last week that the FBI conduct the supplemental background investigation into the nominee.
“A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh today is a vote to end this brief, dark chapter in the Senate’s history and turn the page toward a brighter tomorrow,” Mitch McConnell said prior to today’s vote.
Fox News reports:
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. At the hastily convened second hearing that also featured accuser Christine Blasey Ford, he furiously and at-times emotionally denied the claims and attacked Democrats and left-wing activists for their handling of the allegations.
Ford, though, maintained she was “100 percent” sure he groped her and tried to force himself on her at a high school party.
Democrats said the claims were credible and called for further investigation, or even for Kavanaugh to withdraw. Ford’s account represented just one battleground. After she first came forward, prodded into the public eye by press leaks, another woman, Deborah Ramirez, said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were at Yale. Another still, Julie Swetnick, claimed he and his friend Mark Judge (also accused of being in the room during the Ford incident) were involved in or present at “gang” rapes. Kavanaugh and Judge adamantly denied it all.
It’s great to see that this whole circus has finally come to an end. Unfortunately, Justice Kavanaugh’s family has already been through the ringer thanks to Senate Democrats and their unhinged followers.