Brett Kavanaugh: What you need to know

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is currently undergoing his Senate confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to be confirmed to a seat on the U. S. Supreme Court.

What Happened 

On June 27, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he would be retiring. On July 9, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant seat. Kavanaugh is currently a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is a very prestigious position in the federal court system.
 
Immediately following his nomination, there were protests from members of the Senate as well as organizations that feared Kavanaugh’s nomination could give the Supreme Court a conservative majority. This would provide an opportunity to overturn legal cases that have been precedent for decades.
 
When the president nominates someone for a position like the Supreme Court, it requires Senate confirmation. This happens for nominations to federal courts, heads of departments in the executive branch, and similar positions. First, Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee comprised of 21 members, including 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. The committee requested and compiled documents of previous cases and opinions that Kavanaugh has written in preparation to ask him questions on various aspects of his legal career.

What is Happening

Kavanaugh’s hearings so far have lasted over 30 hours. Pending the upcoming testimony regarding the alleged misconduct of Judge Kavanaugh, this phase of the process will soon be over. Then the committee will vote to allow the nominee to pass through to a full Senate confirmation vote. A simple majority with the full Senate (51 votes) would confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
 
Many questions asked during the hearings have been focused on Kavanaugh’s personal beliefs. It has been understood for a long time that it is not a judge’s position to make decisions based on their own personal views but on the basis of what the law says as noted by the American Bar Association. Additionally, adding to the proceeding were over 200 arrests of protestors that stood up to disrupt the proceedings until they were escorted, sometimes carried out of the room by the Capitol Police.
 
Overall, it remains an intense confirmation process. Those unsatisfied with Kavanaugh since his nomination have not changed their minds. In contrast, those who championed him before the hearings continue advocating for his confirmation.
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  1. Susie blaylock on September 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I’m praying for you judge Kavanaugh 👍



  2. Cindy Melgaard on September 29, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I believe Judge Kavanaugh. There was never a doubt in my mind and now that I’ve listened to Dr. Ford testify I believe him even more. I wish somebody would have asked Dr. Ford that if she was so embarrassed to walk through the living room, after escaping from the bedroom, why did she go upstairs into a bedroom with two older boys in the first place. She mentioned a small party of five people; she is one, Judge Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge make two and three. That means her best friend and one other person were in the living room she had to run through during her ‘escape’ and yet she testified that she was scared and embarrassed to go through that room “where everybody” was. Since she had to run through the living room passing her best friend, how is it that her best friend knows nothing of the incident? I’ve got so many more questions. Which FBI agent can I send them to?



  3. Vicky Fleming on September 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I’m praying for you Judge Kavanaugh. No one asked her a question on how much she was drinking before and during party if she couldn’t remember how she got there or got home. If she can’t remember that how did she remember anything