2018-SEP to NOV:
President Trump's administration:
Accusations of sexual assault at
Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court
UN Human Rights Council votes on
executing LGBT persons.
Kavanaugh sworn in as Associate Justice.
2018-SEP-24: Second woman accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct:
Attorney John Clune is representing a second woman -- Deborah Ramirez -- who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. He said that she is prepared to testify to the FBI under the threat of perjury. 1,2
2018-SEP-26: Third woman accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct:
The lawyer for Julie Swetnick submitted her sworn declaration that Kavanaugh was present during her gang rape in Washington about 1982. She claims to have other witnesses who can confirm her declaration. 3
2018-SEP-27-28: Hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee; procedural vote taken:
The Senate investigating committee interviewed three men who had each come forward to confess that he was the man that had either assaulted Dr. Ford, or was the second man in the room when she was assaulted.
During what has been referred to as a "wild," "raucous," hearing "like no other," both Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford testified. Kavanaugh firmly denied the accusations of sexual misconduct. The Judiciary Committee decided to pass the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh onto the full Senate for a vote. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and all of the Democratic members of the Committee voted in favor of a investigation by the FBI to be completed before the final vote, even though it would be: "limited in scope and completed in less than one week." President Trump ordered the FBI to conduct the investigation. 4
Dr. Ford has submitted to a polygraph that concluded that she was telling the truth. 5 They are commonly called "lie detector tests." However, such tests are generally acknowledged to be only 70 to 90% accurate. As a result, their results are not admissible as evidence in court. 4
After the hearing, Judge Kavanaugh commented in the Wall Street Journal that:
"I said a few things I should not have said."
But he said he remains the same:
"hardworking, even-keeled [person he has always been.} Going forward, you can count on me."
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have not yet decided whether to vote in favor of or against of Kavanaugh's nomination.
The FBI finished their brief investigation after having interviewed ten people. Six of them involved Dr. Ford's allegations; four involved Ramirez' allegations. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who chairs the judiciary committee, said that the FBI concluded that:
"There is no collaboration of the allegations made by Dr. Ford or Ms. Ramirez."
Senator Feinstein tweeted:
"It is impossible to take this investigation seriously when so many key witnesses -- including Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford -- were not interviewed and constraints were imposed on what was asked and who was spoken to." 6
A procedural vote was taken on Friday, OCT-05, The Senate passed a motion to advance Kavanaugh's nomination by vote of 51 to 49:
- One lone Republican -- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) -- voted "no."
- One lone Democrat -- Joe Manchin(D-WV) -- voted "Yes."
The final vote was scheduled for Saturday, OCT-06. 7
2018-SEP-29: The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to condemn the execution of gays and bisexuals engaged in consensual same-sex sexual activity:
The Council passed the resolution with a vote of 27 in favor, 13 against, and 1 abstention.
2018-OCT-06: Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, and later sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court 114th justice:
Life Site News sent an email to their mailing list, titled:
"Senate votes 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as next Supreme Court Justice."
It was the narrowest margin for a Justice in the history of the Supreme Court, in over 13 decades, since Justice Stanley Matthews' confirmation in 1881!
The Court now consists of a majority group of 5 conservative Justices and a minority block of 4 liberal Justices with little possibility that any of them will be swing voters. This exposes many rulings that the High Court has given in the past to being reconsidered and reversed in the future. Many future controversial cases related to topics like sexual orientation, gender identity, abortion access, religion, etc. may be decided against equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender person, women, and religious minorities.
Calvin Freiburger, writing for Life Site News, said:
"... moderates Susan Collins, (R-ME), Jeff Flake, (R-AZ), and Joe Manchin, (D-WV) [had] announced they would ultimately vote 'yes'." 9
Reactions to the final vote differed:
- President Trump tweeted on Saturday, OCT-05:
"I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!
- Dawn Laguens of Planned Parenthood sent an ominous email message to their mailing list:
"He's a man who doesn't believe in your right to control your own body. A man who thinks you shouldn't have access to health care, LGBTQ freedoms, or basic civil rights. A man accused of multiple acts of sexual violence.
Kavanaugh's appointment is the result of our opponents' decades-long fight to deny us our basic freedoms, and now they have the power to try and force their views on millions. ..."
"Right now, there are 13 abortion cases that are one step away from the Supreme Court. It's likely that within the next two years, the Supreme Court will rule on the right to access safe, legal abortion, birth control, and quality health care at Planned Parenthood health centers."
- Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said that the Senate has sent a deeply troubling message to both the nation’s girls and women:
"Your experiences don’t matter."
She said that it also sends to its boys and men:
Judge Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, as protesters angrily chanted outside. 10
The controversy appears to have energized both Democrats and Republicans in the lead-up to the midterm elections in early 2018-NOV. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) delivered the message:
"... to so many millions who are outraged by what happened here ... vote." 8
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward," Global News, 2018-SEP-24, at: https://globalnews.ca/
- "Lawyer for second Kavanaugh accuser speaks out," CNN, 2018-SEP-25, at: https://www.youtube.com/
- Maham Abedi, "3rd Brett Kavanaugh accuser comes forward with sexual misconduct allegations," Global News, 2018-SEP-28, at: https://globalnews.ca/
- Bryan Robinson, "Polygraphs Accurate But Not Foolproof," ABC News, 2018-JUL-14, at: https://abcnews.go.com/
- "Is Another Man Responsible for Christine Blasey Ford’s Assault?," Snopes, 2018-SEP-20 at: https://www.snopes.com/
- Tweet by Senator Dianne Feinstein, 2018-OCT-04, at: https://twitter.com/
- Daniel Dale, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gains support of key senator," Toronto Star, 2018-OCT-05, at: https://www.thestar.com
- "Senate confirms Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination," The Lily, 2018-OCT-09, at: https://www.thelily.com/
- Calvin Freiburger, "BREAKING: Senate votes 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as next Supreme Court Justice "
Life Site News, 2018-OCT-06, at: https://www.lifesitenews.com/
- Alan Fram &
Lisa Mascaro, "Kavanaugh is confirmed to join the U.S. Supreme Court," Toronto Star, 2018-OCT-06, at: https://www.thestar.com/
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Original posting: 2018-JUL-06
Author: B.A. Robinson