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There’s been no shortage of protest and chaos from both sides as people took to support or push out Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following sexual assault accusations. An FBI investigation showed no corroborating evidence, according to the Senate Republicans, and a procedural vote on Friday advanced Kavanaugh to a final vote for the Supreme Court.
Friday’s 51-49 vote advanced the nomination to a final full Senate vote as early as Saturday afternoon to confirm Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land.
Hundreds, probably thousands, of protestors over the past few weeks held signs, and some seemed to disregard the presumption of innocence and automatically accused the nominee of committing the allegations.
Kavanaugh is a qualified individual, which is why he was nominated in the first place.
Let’s take a look at some of his qualifications.
Graduated from Yale Law School
At Yale College, Kavanaugh wrote for the Yale Daily News’ sports section and then continued his writing skills at Yale Law School as notes editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Kavanaugh attended and graduated from Yale Law School, which has a very competitive acceptance rate of 10 percent.
He graduated from the three-year program with a Degree of Juris Doctor, where he gained firsthand legal practice experience.
Kavanaugh clerked for three judges:
- Walter Stapleton of the Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia
- Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit in San Francisco
- Former Justice Anthony Kennedy
He was an associate counsel for former United States Solicitor General Kenneth Starr as well as served in the Office of the Independent Counsel — helping draft the report into the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
During the 2000 U.S. presidential race, Kavanaugh was one of the lawyers for the Bush-Cheney organization — then from 2001 to 2003, he worked in the White House counsel’s office for former President George W. Bush.
JUST IN: Former Pres. George W. Bush "President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the; Supreme Court…He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States." https://t.co/K7XhW1iSMb pic.twitter.com/T9brBFNQ1U
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) July 10, 2018
At the swearing-in ceremony for the judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Bush said that Kavanaugh “served in the White House as Associate Counsel, a senior Associate Counsel, and as Staff Secretary”:
“When a President chooses a judge, he owes it to the Constitution and to the country to choose with care, and I have done so in choosing Brett Kavanaugh. I chose Brett because of the force of his mind, his breadth of experience, and the strength of his character.”
Bush initially nominated him, and recently retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy swore him into the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Twelve years as a judge on the second-most powerful court in the land
Kavanaugh was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2006 to 2018.
There, he wrote nearly 300 opinions and sent nearly 41 of his law clerks to positions in the high court.
A family man
He met his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, while they both worked for Bush’s administration — then got married in 2004.
When accepting the SCOTUS nomination, he recalled their first date together on Sept. 10, 2001, and how his wife “was a source of strength for President Bush and for everyone in this building” after the September 11 attacks.
They have two daughters, Liza and Margaret Kavanaugh. He helped out on a different court, a basketball court, coaching his daughters’ basketball teams.
Following Friday’s procedural vote, it’s looking like the Supreme Court nominee has the votes to be confirmed. However, the full Senate final vote is expected as early as Saturday afternoon.