SCOTUS 2018 pp 125-141 | Cite as

The Troubled Confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh

  • Julie Novkov


In September and October 2018, a nation primed by the #MeToo movement’s revelations of past sexual misconduct divided bitterly over Christine Blasey Ford and other women’s claims that nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a sexual assailant. Prior to those accusations, Kavanaugh—a former clerk to Justice Kennedy, aide to President George W. Bush, and federal judge on the D.C. Circuit Court—seemed assured of confirmation to the Court. This concluding chapter details the conflict leading to the 50-48 confirmation vote, its similarities with the Hill-Thomas confirmation battle in 1991, and it potential ramifications for U.S. politics.

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  • Julie Novkov
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  1. 1.University at Albany, SUNYAlbanyUSA

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