Justice Roberts Ethics Complaints Against Kavanaugh Referred to Colorado Court

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Vanita Gupta, the hard leftist who headed the Civil Rights Division under President Obama and who now heads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said that "turning the Senate into a rubber stamp for Trump's takeover of our courts is appalling". "And with that I must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent". Critics have argued the investigation was not thorough enough to merit that conclusion.

The poll suggests disagreement with Trump's view that Kavanaugh had been exonerated, and does not support the notion of a national backlash against the attacks on Kavanaugh, as some Republicans have suggested.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who gave evidence to senators that Mr Kavanaugh, then aged 17, sexually assaulted her when she was aged 15 in Maryland in 1982, has been unable to return home because of "unending death threats", according to her lawyer.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., arrives before a vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill, Oct. 5, 2018 in Washington.

If they both lose, and by wide margins, it probably means they never had much of a chance - and that a historic split verdict is likely in the midterms.

"One has to assume that no matter what was said during the confirmation process that he will approach each case, including this case, with an open mind", Bondurant said.

Not since 1970 has a midterm election provided such a split verdict, and only two other presidential elections, in 1996 and 1972, have demonstrated such division in congressional elections.

But the US Supreme Court, as opposed to its Indian equivalent, was extremely susceptible to partisan interference.

It does, says Adam Liptak in the New York Times.

The clerks are Kim Jackson, who previously worked for Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen.

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A number of other nominations by the President were also approved late Thursday, including a series of ambassadors.

The protest organised by Women's March Chicago was a sign of the political fallout from the partisan fight to confirm Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court despite sexual assault allegations.

All but one Senate Republican voted to confirm Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court. Democrats at his confirmation hearing further accused Kavanaugh of dishonesty over his answers to questions regarding his work in the George W. Bush White House.

"It was all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace", he said.

"Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception", he added.

"It was a disgraceful situation brought about by people that are evil".

She said the back-to-back votes coming so soon after Kavanaugh's confirmation were especially painful. Kavanaugh strenuously denied the allegations and none of the witnesses the women said would verify their claims did so.

Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening in a private ceremony as protesters chanted outside the court building. Liberals are talking of ways to "eventually undo" the conservative bloc's power without waiting for a member to retire or die - there has even been talk of trying to impeach Kavanaugh. Yet Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud. "Yet, today the Senate is jamming through controversial judicial nominees without adequate debate", Gupta said. Fox News says the DC Circuit did have the option of "dismissing them out of hand" if it so chose.

The balance of the Supreme Court at any particular time is responsible for the U.S. having legal abortion, same-sex marriage and essentially unrestricted spending on election campaigns. But when asked again Sunday about it, he said different rules might apply if the same party controls the Senate and White House.

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