Meet Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court pick: Bio, photos, career
- The Senate voted 51-49 on Friday to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
- Kavanaugh’s nomination appeared to be in jeopardy for weeks, after multiple women came forward to publicly accuse him of sexual misconduct in high school and college. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations in statements and testimony.
- But several key senators on Friday announced they intended to vote for him on Saturday regardless, paving the way for his likely confirmation.
After several tumultuous weeks of uncertainty, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is set to be either confirmed or denied to the Supreme Court on Saturday.
The Senate voted 51-49 on Friday to advance Kavanaugh’s confirmation, prompting several key senators viewed as “swing votes” to announce their decisions. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia both announced in the afternoon they would vote “yes” on Kavanaugh, likely securing his confirmation.
But the multiple sexual misconduct allegations lodged against Kavanaugh in recent weeks still hangs over the vote, prompting furious backlash from the protesters who for weeks lobbied Collins, Manchin, and other senators to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Christine Blasey Ford, 51, accused a teenaged Kavanaugh of forcing himself on her at a high school party in the early 1980s. Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh’s, said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her without her consent at a dorm-room party during his freshman 1983-84 school year.
Kavanaugh categorically denied Ford and Ramirez’s accounts in separate statements before delivering a fiery testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. An additional FBI background check into the allegations concluded less than a week later with no corroboration for the accounts.
Kavanaugh was born and bred in the Washington, DC area and has a long history in conservative circles. Top Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin once called Kavanaugh the “Forrest Gump of Republican politics,” because he was present for so many key moments in modern political history.
As the final vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation approaches, here’s a look at how the born-and-bred conservative rose to become the court’s most pivotal nomination in decades:
Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor, said through her lawyer Debra Katz that she would testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and “do whatever it takes to get her story forth.”
Sources: Business Insider, CNN