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Brett Kavanaugh’s rough journey to the Supreme Court

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Brett Kavanaugh’s rough journey to the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh, in his Yale yearbook.

Brett Kavanaugh, in his Yale yearbook.

by The White House, photo via Wikimedia Commons under creative commons license

Brett Kavanaugh, in his Yale yearbook.

by The White House, photo via Wikimedia Commons under creative commons license

by The White House, photo via Wikimedia Commons under creative commons license

Brett Kavanaugh, in his Yale yearbook.

Christopher M. Smith, Staff writer

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Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick,  has created a political uproar. Although the former White House staff secretary does not look like he will be stepping down anytime soon, his Supreme Court nomination is in danger.

Recently, allegations have surfaced about Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct.  Christine Blasey Ford, a former classmate of Kavanaugh, has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school. Kavanaugh, according to Blasey, forced himself on Ford when the two were at a party, attempting to violently rape her.

Ford initially came forward about this event to reporter Emma Brown in July 2018, but remained off official news record until September. Ford sought assistance from local congressman Anna G. Eshoo, the two constructing a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein, later using The Washington Post to share the claims to the public. 

“Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing… Kavanaugh’s hand [was] over my mouth, I feared he may inadvertently kill me…” Ford said.

The Washington Post reports that both a therapist from 2012 and her husband can corroborate her story. Ford continued counseling as a result of the traumatic event.

In attempts to avoid public scrutiny, Christine Ford kept her name in confidence. She was still hesitant to expose her identity due to concerns about her family and career. It was not until the story later surfaced in the media that Ford decided it was her civic duty to reveal herself. Less than a week after Ford came forward with her statement, she has decided to move due to the extreme harassment and death threats she has recently been a victim of.

Kavanaugh has denied all allegations and claims to have no memory of attending any parties with Ford. With pressure from the Republican party, he has agreed to attend a court hearing on Sept 24.

Kavanaugh’s political views are considered controversial in many circles. Kavanaugh believes that the government should refrain from facilitating abortions, which might contribute to the overturn of Roe vs. Wade. Additionally, democrats have criticized Kavanaugh’s belief that a sitting president should be immune from any indictments.

This past week, President Trump has expressed his undivided support for Judge Kavanaugh, expressing his empathy on national television; the president is certain that Kavanaugh is innocent.

“He‘s an incredible individual, great intellect, great judge,” Trump said while conferencing with Polish president Andrzej Duda according to CNN. “Impeccable history, in every way.”

The president has yet to express his apologies towards the accusing victim. Both Kavanaugh and Ford will testify for the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday to express both sides of the story.

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