Unless you were living under a rock from Sept. 27-Oct. 6, you probably have heard at least something about the scandal regarding the accusations of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Even the cafeteria seemed quieter; tables were full of girls with their headphones in, channelling their attention to the historic hearing that was happening right before their eyes. Here is a timeline of the events that occurred in relation to the Kavanaugh Supreme Court appointment.
Things you should know before reading:
- The Senate Judiciary Committee is a committee within the United States Senate that oversees the United States Justice Department composed of 21 Senators, 11 Republican and 12 Democrat, from a variety of states. This group also investigates all people appointed to become Supreme Court Justices
- The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States and is a nonpartisan group of people appointed by the President and approved by the Senate
- A person is appointed to the Supreme Court for life
- All claims of sexual assault committed by Judge Brett Kavanaugh are hearsay and have not been proven true as of Nov. 9
- Summer 1982 Christine Blasey Ford claimed that former high school classmates Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, trapped her in a room at a high school party and sexually assaulted her. She did not make this public at this time.
- July 6 Christine Blasey Ford reported her recollection of her sexual assault to her congresswoman, Senator Anna Eshoo, once she saw media coverage saying that Kavanaugh was on the Supreme Court nominee shortlist.
- July 9 President Donald Trump pulled Judge Brett Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court nominee shortlist making him an official nominee
- July 30 Sr. Eshoo and Ford composed a letter to Dianne Feinstein, minority party leader of the Judiciary committee detailing the sexual assault that Ford claimed occured in 1982. In this letter, Ford requested to be left anonymous.
- Sept 4 Kavanaugh begun his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.
- Sept 5-7 Routine questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for nomination process
- Sept 16 Article published in “The Washington Post” detailing the alleged sexual assault of Christine Blassey Ford
- Sept 22 Ford accepts the Senate Judiciary Committee’s invitation to publicly testify in front of the panel
- Sept 23 “The New Yorker” published an article detailing the alleged sexual assault of Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a party at Yale when they were in college
- Sept 26 A third woman, Julie Swetnick, came forward and claimed that Kavanaugh was involved in her gang rape at a party
- Sept 27 Both Ford and Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify and answer questions on the accusations of Kavanaugh’s sexual assault
- Sept 28 The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move Kavanaugh’s nomination out of committee, to the full Senate. The committee also requested President Donald Trump to launch an FBI investigation on the claims of seuxal assault.
- Oct 4 The FBI showed its findings of the week long investigation to the Senate Judiciary Committee
- Oct 5 The full Senate voted 51-49 to move forward with Kavanaugh’s nomination, meaning a vote would take place
- Oct 6 Kavanaugh confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice of the United States