Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination On The Line 👨‍⚖️

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Continuing from last week...

Last week we published an article on the anonymous letter accusing Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school. The author has since come forward. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, accused Kavanaugh and his friend of cornering her in a bedroom, trying to take off her swimsuit, and covering her mouth when she tried to scream for help. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

Next steps

Not only has Ford come forward with her accusation, but she has expressed her willingness to testify publicly in front of the Judiciary Committee. Until the outcome of this investigation into the accusations is confirmed, Kavanaugh’s nomination remains in a shaky place. 


LEANING LEFT:

CNN: Why the Kavanaugh allegations come at the worst possible time for Republicans

Washington Post: There’s nothing unusual about the timing of the Kavanaugh allegations

The left argues that Ford’s accusations are a major blow to the nominee’s chances of becoming a Supreme Court Justice. They point out that the #MeToo movement places Kavanaugh in a tricky situation. The left adds that Ford’s delayed accusation is not viewed as unusual, as many sexual assault victims do not immediately speak up. They also note that the delay does not take away from the credibility of Ford’s claims.

LEANING RIGHT:

Wall Street Journal: The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush

The Federalist: Why The GOP Should Confirm Kavanaugh In Spite Of This Last-Minute Accusation

The right accuses Ford and her therapist of corroboration, and argue that notes from 30 years ago that don’t even name Kavanaugh specifically are not enough to postpone the confirmation vote. The right believes that Kavanaugh should be confirmed as scheduled, and then impeached if Ford’s accusations turn out to be true.


Should this allegation delay the confirmation?

In 2016, Republicans delayed filling Justice Scalia's seat until after the 2016 presidential election on the grounds that the new president, not Obama, should make the selection. Trump won and it turned out in their favor. Now, Democrats are making the same argument and saying that the new justice shouldn't be confirmed until after the voters have a say on who sits in Congress after the midterms. Dems are hoping the Senate will flip blue, giving them the ability to block Kavanaugh. 

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