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The Kavanaugh-allegations: What they could mean for the judicial confirmation process?

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Kavanaugh denies alleged misconduct in high school

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has publicly denied allegations that he forced himself on a woman in high school. This comes after sen Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) allegedly, a letter of request to the FBI.

What are the allegations against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, could think of his confirmation process?

In the short term, nothing. Republicans on the Judiciary Committee are persistent, you will move forward with a Committee vote on Sept. 20. Then it is on the ground in the following week.

But, it is worth noting the steps that the White house and most of the staff of the judiciary take the Committee to ensure that things stay that, “all systems go” for Kavanaugh, and to portray everything in the best light.

If the Republicans are a threat for the nomination due to the allegation of misconduct in his youth, you would not that it will slough you off and not much to say about it. But you can’t.take nothing for granted, in a Senate 51-49 split between Republicans and Democrats, or with a Committee-split 11-10 in favor of the GOP

The mathematics is always a priority.

Plus, seeded deep in the back of the minds of the Republicans is how things played out, the allegations by law Professor Anita Hill against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during his nomination.

It is said that history may not repeat itself. But it sure can rhyme.

On Sept. 17, 19 and 20, 1991, the judiciary Committee held the hearings on Thomas’ nomination. The Committee was deadlocked, 7-7, reporting his nomination to the floor without a formal recommendation from the Committee.

Nowhere is a key recommendation for the confirmation of a judge of the Supreme court. But it is rare to not have a “favorable” recommendation from the Committee for a life-long vocation. Regardless of the Thomas nomination was ready for a debate and confirmation vote on the floor.

NPR Legal Affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, then you will receive a leaked report of the Committee on legal Affairs and the FBI over the sexual harassment accusations against Thomas by the hill when they worked together at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Of the judiciary Committee, under the leadership of Sen. Joe Biden , D-Delaware, in re-open hearings on Oct. 11. The panel summoned Hill and Thomas, to testify, along with a host of others. The second series of hearings ran over the weekend and was compelling must-watch TV. CBS even discussed the show, the hearings instead of the Major League Baseball playoffs.

It turned out to not do that this was a poor decision, since the hearings numbers better captured.

The Senate went on to confirm Thomas, in October, but by a very narrow margin with a 52-48 vote.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced to Kavanaugh your support or opposition. Their voices are shared in a tight Senate. It is reasonable to say that any reservation that of the two senators on the high school allegations leveled against Kavanaugh could jeopardize the nomination.

On the downside, there is some speculation that moderate Senate Democrats facing challenging Kavanaugh re-election bids can be ready to vote on. Of particular interest is the Sens., Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. To confirm all three agreed with Supreme Court Justice Neil from gorsuch last year.

Doug Jones, Alabama Democrat, was not votes in the Senate for the from gorsuch, and not up for re-election this fall. But he could also be played.

The Democrats might be willing to vote for Kavanaugh, if Republicans can show that they have 50 years for the nomination. But again, it is unclear whether the high school Problem will have no impact on Collins, Murkowski, or, for that matter, any other senator.

With the Senate working now with full capacity, it is possible, Vice President Pence each tape could break. No Vice President has ever choice cast speed of a tie vote to confirm Supreme Court. In fact, no VP always voted had to confirm, in the case of a tie vote, a major in the Executive branch of the appointment until last year when Pence voted to confirm, Betsy DeVos as a training Secretary.

He’s also broken the bindings to confirm former Sen. Sam Brownback from Kansas, the Vought as an Ambassador for international religious freedom, and Russ as Deputy budget Director.

So keep an eye on the whereabouts of Collins and Murkowski. Their votes could be crucial with this latest wrinkle in the Kavanaugh confirmation.
 

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