U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis via PBS
Published October 6, 2018
WASHINGTON — Despite allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Senate today confirmed him to the U.S. Supreme Court by a slim margin of 50-48. It was the closest Supreme Court vote since the battle over Clarence Thomas in 1991, who also faced charges of sexual misconduct allegations.
In the end, it was a defeat for Democrats who cited many far beyond Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct. Democrats protested the lack of paper, some 90 percent of Kavanaugh’s past work history with the federal government, including the time he worked for in the George W. Bush administration.
Of high concern for American Indians, and particularly Alaska Natives, who adamantly opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation due to his disparaging remarks concerning Native Hawaiians, was the vote of Senator Lisa Murkowski, who yesterday said she would cast a “no” vote today. Murkowski faced strong pressure from Alaska Natives to vote no. In the end, she voted “no” and then asked to have it withdrawn as a courtesy to Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was absent from the Capitol and back home in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding today.
In the Senate, the practice is known as a “pair between senators” that keeps the margin at the same place had Daines been there to vote yes.
Murkowski, who sits on the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, doesn’t face reelection until 2022.