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Monday, October 08, 2018

Kavanaugh confirmed
Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday after a confirmation process that polarized the country, by a 50-48 US Senate vote. Kavanaugh, a conservative who had served on the D.C. Circuit Court, had drawn protests since President Trump nominated him in July. Opponents voiced concern that he might help overturn Roe v. Wade, but demonstrations intensified in recent weeks after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct by several women and heavy drinking. He also was criticized for the tone of his responses during the confirmation hearing. US Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, Republicans of Tennessee voted for the confirmation. Senator Corker said, “I think at this point Judge Kavanaugh is focused on the future and committed, after all that has happened, to being the very best Supreme Court justice that he can possibly be, and I think he’s going to double down on that. I think his colleagues will embrace him well when he gets there just because of the person that he is.” Corker went on to say he blames congress for the emotional battle that led up to confirmation. “It is because we are not doing our job. So many of the things that the Supreme Court has to resolve are things that we should be dealing with legislatively. If Congress would resolve these big issues for our nation as Congress is supposed to do, these Supreme Court nominations and battles would not be emotional at all.” Alexander said in a statement that he voted to confirm Kavanaugh because of his 26 years of "distinguished public service and his reputation as a superior jurist, lawyer and teacher." And added Alexander, "It would be fundamentally unfair and a dangerous precedent not to confirm him because of an uncorroborated alleged sexual assault 36 years ago. US Rep. Phil Roe, Republican of the First District congratulated Judge Kavanaugh on his confirmation. “Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials and exceptional legal knowledge which make him an excellent choice to fill the vacancy left by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. This has been the most politicized confirmation process ever. I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh will now be given the chance to show why I believe he will be a fair and great justice on the Supreme Court." Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen is drawing fire from some fellow Democrats in both Tennessee and Washington after announcing Friday that despite reservations over the process, he would have nonetheless voted to confirm Kavanaugh if he were a sitting senator. Republican Marsha Blackburn had earlier voiced her support for Kavanaugh.


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