Anti-Kavanaugh Activists Fail to Disrupt Final Vote

Elias Hubbard
October 9, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh is the next justice of the United States Supreme Court.

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a weeklong delay of the Senate vote.

A few hundred protesters are gathering outside the Capitol before the vote. Both oaths will be administered so Kavanaugh can participate in the work of the court immediately. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation. Those claims magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over judicial ideology into an angrier, more complex jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees.

The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court - tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term. Kavanaugh's confirmation brings to an end, days of drama surrounding accusations of sexual misconduct made by women from his college days.

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican to oppose the confirmation, but having paired her vote with the absent yes vote of Senator Steve Daines, it remained off of the official count.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's vote seems destined to be almost party-line. Sen.

Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. These included the emergence of two other accusers; an unforgettable Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which a composed Ford and a seething Kavanaugh told their diametrically opposed stories, and a truncated FBI investigation that the agency said showed no corroborating evidence and Democrats lambasted as a White House-shackled farce.

The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.

Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday he "might have been too emotional" when testifying.

"Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good", he wrote.

But after an 11th-hour investigation by the FBI into the allegations, enough wavering senators chose to back the nomination. But protesters overran the barricades and defiantly claimed the Capitol steps.

Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Kavanaugh despite the allegations may have shifted the political landscape - at least temporarily - by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.

Kavanaugh, who sat on the D.C Circuit Court of Appeals, was President Donald J. Trump's second appointment to the Supreme Court.

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