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Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation didn't settle this fight. It ignited it

  • October 07, 2018

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As newly-confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives at the Supreme Court to be sworn in as an associate justice, he was met by hundreds of protesters demonstrating on the steps of the building. (Oct. 6)
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WASHINGTON – Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court over the weekend, far from settling the fierce debate over his confirmation, has inflamed the nation’s political and cultural fissures for the midterm elections next month and well beyond.

The repercussions from the most brutal battle over the high court’s makeup in a generation could end up affecting all three branches of government: which party wins control of Congress on Nov. 6, what issues define the White House contest in 2020 and whether Americans have faith in the Supreme Court – not to mention the decisions that will follow from the court’s new conservative majority.

As senators voted on the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s controversial nominee, protesters in the gallery shouted “Shame!” Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment was approved by a narrow 50-48 vote. He was promptly sworn in at a private ceremony at the Supreme Court, and he is expected to be sitting on the bench for oral arguments Tuesday.

Republicans are triumphant and Democrats enraged.

“The anger is real,” Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, warned on ABC’s “This Week.”

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Kavanaugh’s combative and emotional response to allegations of sexual assault, and the argument that he was the victim of character assassination, had succeeded in galvanizing GOP voters in red states. The Kentucky Republican argued that backlash to Democratic tactics and protests had increased the prospects that Republicans will hold control of the Senate.

“Our energy and enthusiasm was lagging behind theirs, until this,” he said with a smile on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

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Sen. Joe Manchin, running for re-election in West Virginia, a state that Trump carried by a wide margin in 2016, was his party’s only vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination. Another Democratic incumbent running in a red state, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, acknowledged that her vote to oppose Kavanaugh bolstered the odds that Republican challenger Rep. Kevin Cramer would defeat her on Election Day.One Democratic senator running for re-election in a state that Trump carried in 2016, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, became the only person in his party to vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination. Another Democratic incumbent running in a red state, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, acknowledged that her vote to oppose Kavanaugh had bolstered the odds that Republican challenger Rep. Kevin Cramer would defeat her on Election Day.

“The politically expedient vote here was a ‘yes’ vote,” Heitkamp said on CBS’ “60 Minutes.

Democrats said Kavanaugh’s confirmation could boost the party’s efforts to gain control of the House, however, by rallying voters who believe the president and Senate Republicans refused to treat seriously women’s accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a house party when both were high school students in Maryland. Kavanaugh denied the accusations. Polls have shown particularly strong support for Ford among better-educated  female voters, an important electoral force in suburban districts that are seen as in play this year.

Democrats need to flip 23 Republican-held seats to win a majority. 

“Our country needs to have a reckoning on these issues, and there is only one remedy,” Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer of New York said on the Senate floor just before the roll call on Kavanaugh, a vote he knew his side would lose. “Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box. So to Americans, to so many millions who are outraged by what happened here, there’s one answer: Vote.”

Trump also used the moment to rally voters to turn out in November.

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob,” he tweeted. “Democrats have become too EXTREME and TOO DANGEROUS to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law – not the rule of the mob. VOTE REPUBLICAN!”

The outcome of the nomination has reinforced Trump’s unchallenged standing as the leader of the Republican Party. He already has begun running for re-election in 2020. At a rally in Kansas Saturday night, he mocked his prospective Democratic challengers, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former vice president Joe Biden and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

Democratic presidential hopefuls have declared their opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

“I see the pain and the hurt,” Booker said a few hours after the Senate vote. He was speaking at a major Democratic fundraiser in Iowa, site of the opening presidential caucuses. “This is a time in our country when we need to stay faithful.”

There are four weeks to go before the midterms, time enough for some additional disclosure or new catastrophe. That said, the consequences of Kavanaugh’s confirmation seem guaranteed to deepen the demographic divisions between the two major parties that have fueled an increasingly fierce partisanship in American politics – divisions by gender, by generation, by geography. 

Officials on both sides suggested there could be continuing legal and political fallout over Kavanaugh.

If Democrats win the House, the Judiciary Committee will open an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and perjury against the justice, according to New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who is in line to be the committee’s chairman. He dodged questions about whether that might mean impeachment proceedings.  

And Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by several women, said the women who stepped forward should face unspecified penalties for making what he derided as “fabricated” allegations. “I think that they should be held liable,” he said in an interview late Saturday on Fox News. “You can’t go around and whether it’s making up stories about such an important position, you can’t do that. You can destroy somebody’s life.”

Meanwhile, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan expressed concern about whether Americans would continue to have faith in the high court as independent and fair-minded.

“Part of the court’s legitimacy depends on people not seeing the court in the way that people see the rest of the governing structures of this country now,” she said at a Princeton University conference. “In other words, people thinking of the court as not politically divided in the same way, as not an extension of politics, but instead somehow above the fray.”

At the moment, that seems optimistic.

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Kavanaugh's once-certain nomination is now in doubt as Kavanaugh faces multiple accusations of sexual improprieties while in high school and college. 9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false.9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gather outside of the Dirksen Senate Office Building before Christine Blasey Ford in the Hart Senate Office Building would testify in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. 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Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137487 Christine Blasey 9/27 (Via OlyDrop)9/27/18 9:09:21 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) shaking hands with people protesting in the Hart Senate Office Buildings before Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137487 Christine Blasey 9/27 (Via OlyDrop)9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137487 Christine Blasey 9/27 (Via OlyDrop)Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington.9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137487 Christine Blasey 9/27 (Via OlyDrop)Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP)JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I4IJWASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Demonstrators hold signs during a rally supporting Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041669672epa07051049 Protestors gather inside the Dirksen Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women accusing him of sexual assault, prepare to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. Kavanaugh's once-certain nomination is now in doubt as Kavanaugh faces multiple accusations of sexual improprieties while in high school and college.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO ORG XMIT: JJL01WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: A protestor demonstrates against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041660388WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Demonstrators hold signs during a rally supporting Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041669642Protesters demonstrate in the Hart Senate Office Building as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ORG XMIT: DCSA101Pro-Kavanaugh demonstrators gather on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, as Christine Blasey Ford, testisfys against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Chet Strange / AFP)CHET STRANGE/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3KSDemonstrators against US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh protest at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. - Washington was bracing Thursday for a charged hearing pitting Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh against his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who is set to detail sexual assault allegations against the judge that could derail his already turbulent confirmation process. (Photo by Chet Strange / AFP)CHET STRANGE/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Activists ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3KYDemonstrators against US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh protests at the Hart US Senate office building in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. - Washington was bracing Thursday for a charged hearing pitting Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh against his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who is set to detail sexual assault allegations against the judge that could derail his already turbulent confirmation process. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Activists ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I33HWASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041611928WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041612362WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Dirksen Senate Office building, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041612374WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041612376Protesters write messages in support of sexual assault survivors on their palms in front of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he sexually assaulted her. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ORG XMIT: DCPS108WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041612370WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041612366

  • Police move activists as they protest on the steps of the Supreme Court after the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington. 1 of 104
  • Jessica Campbell-Swanson, from Denver, sits in the lap of the Contemplation of Justice statue as activists protest on the steps of the Supreme Court after the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington. 2 of 104
  • Vicky Barrios Newsom becomes emotional amongst other protesters gathering to demonstrate against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh near Washington Square Park on Oct. 6, 2018, in New York. Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 50-48. 3 of 104
  • Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the Supreme Court in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018. 4 of 104
  • People march in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fla., against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.5 of 104
  • Capitol Police arrest protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018.6 of 104
  • Jane Pitz holds up a sign during the We Believe Them rally, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in downtown South Bend, Ind. 7 of 104
  • Capitol police detain protestors who occupied the steps of the U.S. Capitol before the Senate votes on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018.8 of 104
  • Activists demonstrate in front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington. 9 of 104
  • Protestors occupy the steps of the U.S. Capitol before the Senate votes on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018.10 of 104
  • Capitol police detain protestors who occupied the steps of the Capitol before the Senate votes on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018.11 of 104
  • Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the Supreme Court in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018. 12 of 104
  • Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the Supreme Court in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018.13 of 104
  • Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the Supreme Court in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018.14 of 104
  • Activists demonstrate in the plaza of the East Front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington.15 of 104
  • Crowds of activists are arrested after they rushed past barriers and protested from the steps of the Capitol before the confirmation vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. 16 of 104
  • Kit Sczudlo of Seattle, Washington, argues against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court with Kavanaugh supporter Chuck Thompson of LaGrange, Georgia, during protests outside the Capitol ahead of a Senate vote on Oct. 6, 2018.17 of 104
  • Protesters rally against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, outside the Supreme Court, Oct. 6, 2018, in Washington.18 of 104
  • Demonstrators from Washington-area law schools -- including Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, The District of Columbia and Catholic universities -- march on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn to protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh Oct. 06, 2018, in Washington.19 of 104
  • Demonstrators from Washington-area law schools -- including Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, The District of Columbia and Catholic universities -- march on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn to protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh Oct. 06, 2018, in Washington.20 of 104
  • Protesters rally against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Oct. 6, 2018, in Washington.21 of 104
  • A Howard University law student waits for fellow demonstrators from Washington-area law schools -- including Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, The District of Columbia and Catholic universities -- for a rally on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn to protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh Oct. 06, 2018, in Washington.22 of 104
  • Protestors, including Sara Thomsen, crowd the office of Democratic Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin, on Oct. 5, 2018,  after a vote to advance the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, DC.23 of 104
  • An anti Kavanaugh protester gets her face painted with the word liar on Capitol Hill on October 05, 2018. - The US Senate girded Friday for a critical, too- close-to-call vote on moving ahead with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as Republicans brushed aside complaints by Democrats that an FBI probe of sexual assault allegations against him was rushed and incomplete. 24 of 104
  • Demonstrators protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Friday.25 of 104
  • US Capitol police arrest demonstrators blocking the office door of Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), on Friday, during protests against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the Russell Senate Office Building.26 of 104
  • A protesters against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is arrested by US Capitol Police.27 of 104
  • Protesters against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are arrested after blocking the office of Senator Jeff Flakes, (R-Ariz.) in Washington, DC. The US Senate on Friday approved with a 51-49 vote moving to a final vote on President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court pick amid continuing controversy over sexual abuse allegations against him.28 of 104
  • Seated demonstrators block the office door of Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) protesting against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.29 of 104
  • Demonstrators block the office door of Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) protesting against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.30 of 104
  • Jenna Klunk holds a sing during the #Cancel Kavanaugh Take #MeToo into the Streets protest in Cincinnati. 31 of 104
  • Mary Schartman chants during the #Cancel Kavanaugh Take #MeToo into the Streets protest in Cincinnati.  32 of 104
  • Trisha Roat holds a sign during the #Cancel Kavanaugh Take #MeToo into the Streets protest in Cincinnati.  33 of 104
  • Emma Wilson leads a chant during the #Cancel Kavanaugh Take #MeToo into the Streets protest in Cincinnati. 34 of 104
  • Marching to the Supreme Court steps during a protest against Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. 35 of 104
  • epa07070214 Protestors against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 04 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER ORG XMIT: ELX2336 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 04:  Activists shout slogans during a protest October 4, 2018 at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Activists are rallying in protest against Supreme Court associate justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775237087 ORIG FILE ID: 104567652437 of 104
  • Detained protesters gesture at the Senate Hart building during a rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 4, 2018. - Top Republicans voiced confidence Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the US Supreme Court this weekend, as they asserted that an FBI probe had found nothing to support sex assault allegations against Donald Trump's nominee.Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed on Saturday, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Protest a ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19S2MK38 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 4: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh's confirmation process was halted for less than a week so that FBI investigators could look into allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775237087 ORIG FILE ID: 104567618039 of 104
  • epa07070201 US comedian Amy Schumer gestures after getting detained along with hundreds of other protestors against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 04 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER ORG XMIT: ELX2240 of 104
  • epa07070220 US comedian Amy Schumer gestures after getting detained along with hundreds of other protestors against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 04 October 2018.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER ORG XMIT: ELX2541 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 04: Hundreds of protesters are arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for demonstrating against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. Senators had an opportunity to review a new FBI background investigation into accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh and Republican leaders are moving to have a vote on his confirmation this weekend. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775237579 ORIG FILE ID: 104951644842 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 04: Hundreds of protesters are arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for demonstrating against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. Senators had an opportunity to review a new FBI background investigation into accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh and Republican leaders are moving to have a vote on his confirmation this weekend. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775237579 ORIG FILE ID: 104951654843 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 04: Protesters chant their support for fellow demonstrators who are being arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for protesting against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. Senators had an opportunity to review a new FBI background investigation into accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh and Republican leaders are moving to have a vote on his confirmation this weekend. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775237579 ORIG FILE ID: 104951672844 of 104
  • Protesters opposed to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh march to the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. 45 of 104
  • Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. 46 of 104
  • Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh march to the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. 47 of 104
  • Ana Maria Archila, one of the two women who confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, speaks at the protest against Brett Kavanaugh in front of the United States Supreme Court, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. 48 of 104
  • A supporter of Brett Kavanaugh is drowned out by protesters against Brett Kavanaugh in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. 49 of 104
  • Hundreds of University of Vermont students protest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Burlington, Vt. 50 of 104
  • University of Vermont student Ama Sika joins hundreds of other students and faculty to protest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Burlington, Vt. 51 of 104
  • Demonstrators march to the Supreme Court steps during a protest against Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. 52 of 104
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to protesters against Brett Kavanaugh near the Supreme Court, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Washington. 53 of 104
  • Senators KamalaHarris (D-Calif.) left, and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to protesters gathered at the United States Supreme Court ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.54 of 104
  • Protesters are arrested as they sit and block the 2nd floor Dirksen Senate Office Building hallway on the same floor of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Friday.55 of 104
  • Protesters sit and block the Dirksen Senate Office Building 2nd floor hallway on Sept. 28, 2018, protesting against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court.56 of 104
  • Ana Maria Archila, a survivor of a sexual assault, right, confronts Republican Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake in an elevator after Flake announced that he vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on Friday.57 of 104
  • Ana Maria Archila, right confronted Republican Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake (in an elevator after Flake announced that he vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Russell Senate Office Building.  Another woman, not seen said to Senator Flake 'Look at me when I'm talking to you. You are telling me that my assault doesn't matter.'58 of 104
  • Senators KamalaHarris (D-Calif.) speaking along with Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), right,  Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and  Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) to protesters gathered at the United States Supreme Court.59 of 104
  • Protesters march from the Hart Senate Office Building towards the 2nd floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building where the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Brett Kavanaugh.60 of 104
  • Sep 28, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Protesters are arrested as they block the 2nd floor Dirksen Senate Office Building hallway.61 of 104
  • Protesters march from the U.S. Capitol to the Supreme Court while Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington.62 of 104
  • Julia Chafets of Montpelier, Vt., protests outside City Hall in Montpelier, on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.63 of 104
  • Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh walk through the Hart Senate Office Building as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. 64 of 104
  • 9/27/18 12:57:59 PM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters march from the United States Capitol to the Supreme Court while Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. 65 of 104
  • Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh along with supporters of Christine Blasey Ford gather in the Hart Senate Office Building while Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington.66 of 104
  • epa07051978 Protestors gather outside the US Capitol as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women accusing him of sexual assault, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. Kavanaugh's once-certain nomination is now in doubt as Kavanaugh faces multiple accusations of sexual improprieties while in high school and college. 67 of 104
  • epa07051971 Protestors gather outside the US Capitol as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women accusing him of sexual assault, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. Kavanaugh's once-certain nomination is now in doubt as Kavanaugh faces multiple accusations of sexual improprieties while in high school and college.68 of 104
  • Demonstrators hugs as they protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh  in Washington DC, on September 27, 2018. - Christine Blasey Ford told senators Thursday that she remains 100 percent certain that Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court, was the person who sexually assaulted her at a party decades ago. 69 of 104
  • Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh walk through the Hart Senate Office Building as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.70 of 104
  • A small group gathers in downtown Detroit to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.71 of 104
  • 9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters walk between the Dirksen and Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff72 of 104
  • Sept 27, 2018;  Washington, DC, USA; Protesters overtake an elevator in the Dirksen Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK 73 of 104
  • Pro-Kavanaugh supporters gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. - Christine Blasey Ford told senators Thursday that she remains absolutely sure that Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court, was the person who sexually assaulted her at a party decades ago.74 of 104
  • 9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false.75 of 104
  • Protestors sit in Senator Chuck Grassley's office September 27, 2018  on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. - The protestors gathered in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. 76 of 104
  • epa07051367 Protestors gather inside the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women accusing him of sexual assault, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. Kavanaugh's once-certain nomination is now in doubt as Kavanaugh faces multiple accusations of sexual improprieties while in high school and college. 77 of 104
  • Sept 27, 2018;  Washington, DC, USA; Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pose for a photo in front of supporters of Christine Blasey Ford. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. 78 of 104
  • epa07051365 Protestors gather inside the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women accusing him of sexual assault, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. Kavanaugh's once-certain nomination is now in doubt as Kavanaugh faces multiple accusations of sexual improprieties while in high school and college.  79 of 104
  • epa07051430 Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gather inside the Hart Senate Office Building as Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women accusing him of sexual assault, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. Kavanaugh's once-certain nomination is now in doubt as Kavanaugh faces multiple accusations of sexual improprieties while in high school and college. 80 of 104
  • 9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false.81 of 104
  • 9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gather outside of the Dirksen Senate Office Building before Christine Blasey Ford in the Hart Senate Office Building would testify in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false.82 of 104
  • 9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137487 Christine Blasey 9/27 (Via OlyDrop)83 of 104
  • 9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137487 Christine Blasey 9/27 (Via OlyDrop)84 of 104
  • 9/27/18 9:09:21 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) shaking hands with people protesting in the Hart Senate Office Buildings before Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137487 Christine Blasey 9/27 (Via OlyDrop)85 of 104
  • 9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137487 Christine Blasey 9/27 (Via OlyDrop)86 of 104
  • Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington.87 of 104
  • 9/27/18 10:23:10 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building as Christine Blasey Ford testifies in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were both prep school students. Kavanaugh has denied the alleged assault, calling it completely false. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137487 Christine Blasey 9/27 (Via OlyDrop)88 of 104
  • Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP)JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I4IJ89 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Demonstrators hold signs during a rally supporting Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 104166967290 of 104
  • epa07051049 Protestors gather inside the Dirksen Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women accusing him of sexual assault, prepare to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. Kavanaugh's once-certain nomination is now in doubt as Kavanaugh faces multiple accusations of sexual improprieties while in high school and college.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO ORG XMIT: JJL0191 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: A protestor demonstrates against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 104166038892 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Demonstrators hold signs during a rally supporting Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 104166964293 of 104
  • Protesters demonstrate in the Hart Senate Office Building as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ORG XMIT: DCSA10194 of 104
  • Pro-Kavanaugh demonstrators gather on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, as Christine Blasey Ford, testisfys against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Chet Strange / AFP)CHET STRANGE/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3KS95 of 104
  • Demonstrators against US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh protest at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. - Washington was bracing Thursday for a charged hearing pitting Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh against his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who is set to detail sexual assault allegations against the judge that could derail his already turbulent confirmation process. (Photo by Chet Strange / AFP)CHET STRANGE/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Activists ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3KY96 of 104
  • Demonstrators against US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh protests at the Hart US Senate office building in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. - Washington was bracing Thursday for a charged hearing pitting Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh against his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who is set to detail sexual assault allegations against the judge that could derail his already turbulent confirmation process. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Activists ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I33H97 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 104161192898 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 104161236299 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Dirksen Senate Office building, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041612374100 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041612376101 of 104
  • Protesters write messages in support of sexual assault survivors on their palms in front of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he sexually assaulted her. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ORG XMIT: DCPS108102 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041612370103 of 104
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234280 ORIG FILE ID: 1041612366104 of 104

 

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