Kavanaugh Before & After Supreme Court Appointment

It feels like a lifetime ago that Justice Anthony Kennedy was retiring allowing President Donald Trump to appoint another Justice to the Supreme Court. Here’s a look at where we are at now.

  • When they set a date to testify in front of Congress

Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Justice confirmation was postponed due to the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford that he drunkenly attempted to sexually assault her at a high school party. This confirmation was postponed because many in the Senate weren’t comfortable with moving forward if they hadn’t heard Ford’s side of the story and either confirmed Kavanaugh’s guilt or absolved him of the accusations.

  • Ford is denied an FBI investigation

Christine Blasey Ford requests a FBI investigation in her case against Kavanaugh to further investigate her allegations against him and is denied. The hearing remained set for Monday.

Two of the reasonings for denial is that the responsibility of investigating the accusations fall on the Senate and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says that “nothing the FBI or anything other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.”

  • Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley gives Ford an Ultimatum

After being given an ultimatum to respond by 10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept 19., 2019 or the committee would move forward with Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Justice confirmation hearing on the following Monday, Ford’s attorneys requested an additional day for Ford to weigh her options. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley granted Ford the extension before tweeting:

Two of the reasonings for denial is that the responsibility of investigating the accusations fall on the Senate and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says that “nothing the FBI or anything other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.”

  • The hearing

The hearing Kavanaugh’s hearing lasted four whole days and concluded on Sept 7, 2019 and consisted of testimonies from witnesses. In the week following, there were further questions from senators before they voted 50-49 to confirm him on October 6th. Kavanaugh replaced the former Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • Kavanaugh’s classmates that have accused him of lying

Kavanaugh’s classmates accused him of lying after being left out of hearing After Kavanaugh’s confirmation, former classmates were published in an article by The Cut saying that he was often a sloppy, aggressive drunk.

 These classmates were: 

Kit Winter: lived in the same dorm hall as Kavanaugh at Yale. 

Liz Swisher: a college friend of Kavanaugh

Lynn Brookes: the roommate of Deborah Ramirez

Kavanaugh’s former college roommate, James Roche completely disputed a phrase that Kavanaugh claimed meant “farting” when it was actually a sexual reference and claimed he lied under oath. Also, another allegation corroborating the behavior that Ford described of Kavanaugh were left off of the trial even though coming forward before the trial. 

Max Stier: who claims he witnessed Kavanaugh exposing himself to a different female classmate at a party their freshman year. The female classmate has came forward to deny the story but according to Stier’s account she may have been too intoxicated to recall the event. Even so, these people had important stories on Kavanaugh and may not have affected the outcome of the hearing but should’ve been called on to present their testimonies. 

  • Trump tweets about new information surfacing

 President Trump hits out at the NYT for publishing the book excerpt that is negative for Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh.

  • People are calling for Kavanaugh’s Impeachment

 The NYT posted an adapted version from a book in its opinion section titled “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” by two Times reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, that detailed an account from Deborah Ramirez that riled up Democratic Presidential Candidates calling for Kavanaugh’s Impeachment. The NYT reported that Ramirez had Kavanaugh’s penis exposed and thrust towards her face which trying to protect herself caused her to touch it.  

  • Did Kavanaugh perjure himself during his confirmation and can a Supreme Court Justice be impeached?

A Republican from Louisiana, John Kennedy, asked Kavanaugh during the hearing if Deborah Ramirez’s allegations against him were true with to which he responded that “none of the witnesses in this room support that.” Kavanaugh had said if the allegations made by Ramirez “had happened it would’ve been the talk” of his freshman dorm.

This isn’t exactly an answer and comes across as him saying that because there are no witnesses to help support the allegations that the allegations therefore cannot be true. This is why many want an investigation to see if Kavanaugh can be tried for perjury due to willingly misleading a Senator during an investigation into allegations made about his own behavior.

If you’re wondering yes a Supreme Court Justice can be impeached. According to Eliana Block, a justice can be impeached if the majority of the House of Representatives votes for impeachment and is then convicted with a vote of 2/3 or 67 votes in the Senate.

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