Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Andrew Buncombe: Kavanaugh's controversy is already a win for Republicans

Andrew Buncombe: Kavanaugh's controversy is already a win for Republicans

Ten law professors from Iowa opposed Kavanaugh's confirmation based on his combative testimony September 27, signing onto a letter signed by more than 2,400 legal scholars that was sent to the Senate Thursday.

- President Donald Trump touted "a historic night" during a rally in Kansas Saturday that came hours after the Senate confirmed Trump's second Supreme Court appointment, Brett Kavanaugh.

But the supplemental FBI investigation was flawed from the beginning with Republicans limiting who agents could speak to and what evidence they could gather to corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh, including refusing to let agents interview Ford.

In August, after reviewing Judge Kavanaugh's record and meeting with him face-to-face, Brown announced his opposition. A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a later date, the Supreme Court also said. Senate Judiciary Republicans voted down repeated efforts by Democrats to gain access to those records, which included details about Kavanaugh's time working on torture and detention policy in the Bush White House, as well as his time clerking for Judge Alex Kozinski, who retired from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in disgrace following a series of sexual misconduct allegations.

He emphatically denied the allegations, but they 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. Brown pointed to Kavanaugh's record of anti-worker, anti-women, and anti-consumer rulings at a time when the Supreme Court continues to hand down rulings that hurt OH workers and families. Jurs was one of the professors who signed onto the letter.

His elevation to the Supreme Court also stands as a demoralizing defeat for Democrats who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge at all costs.

Speaking to reporters near the Great Sphinx, she says she's glad that both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford, were heard.

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Judge said in a statement he did not remember the incident but FBI agents spoke to him for three hours during their investigation. Susan Collins, whose decision to support Brett Kavanaugh was key to his confirmation to the Supreme Court .

She added: "We will carry that anger into the election".

"As I said on the floor of the Senate, the confirmation process has become poisonous, and senators on both sides of the aisle need to work together to fix some of the damage to the institution and the country".

The Senate's vote on Saturday (October 6) was 50 to 48 - the narrowest margin since 1881, the Washington Post points out - and came in almost precisely down party lines.

The letter specifically referenced a period during Kavanaugh's opening statements September 27 when he called the hearings "a calculated and orchestrated political hit". She said on the Senate floor late Friday that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable". Chuck Grassley said he's "been around long enough to see ugly left-wing smear campaigns against Supreme Court nominees, but this was beyond the pale".

Kavanaugh defended his actions, citing his previous 12 years as a District Court Judge in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal Friday.

Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday he "might have been too emotional" when testifying. "I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said". "We must work in a civil and forthright way on behalf of the American people who elected us", he continued. "They play a special role in our legal system and occupy a special position of trust".

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