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The vote was 50-48. The closest confirmation vote for a Supreme Court of the United States judge since 1881, when Justice Stanley Matthews was confirmed in a 24-23 vote. Brett Kavanaugh was sworn onto the Supreme Court bench on October 6, 2018. But this nomination and confirmation journey was more than political, due to Dr. Christina Blasely Ford coming forward with the allegation that she had been sexually assaulted by Mr. Kavanaugh during the summer of 1982.
Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump on July 9, 2018, to replace the retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, and this event sparked rage within the left wing population. This July, after Kavanaugh’s nomination was announced, Dr. Christine Blasely Ford wrote a letter to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein from Calif0rnia containing the details of her alleged assault by Kavanaugh. The following month, on advice from her attorney Debra Katz, Dr. Ford took a polygraph that The Post said was administered by a former FBI agent. The paper that Katz provided The Post with concluded that Dr. Ford was being honest about her account of the assault. From September 4th to 7th, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings for Kavanaugh, while crowds of protesters gathered outside the building. But by the 12th, The Intercept revealed that Senator Feinstein possessed a letter containing an allegation against Kavanaugh but refused to release it to members of the committee. Then, the following day, CNN reported that Feinstein had forwarded a letter, ommitting all names except for Brett Kavanaugh, relating to the allegations of sexual misconduct committed by Kavanaugh in his days at Georgetown Prep. Attempting to keep national uproar at bay, the White House issued a statement on behalf on Kavanaugh denying the accusations of September 14th.
A mere two days later, Dr. Ford herself came forward in an article published by The Washington Post detailing her allegation. Dr. Ford’s lawyer accounted on the 17th that her client was willing to speak with officials as leading voices in the Senate voiced their wish to delay the vote on the accused nominee.