Roberts refers complaints about Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado

Roberts refers complaints about Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado

Roberts refers complaints about Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado

CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic said Brett Kavanaugh would be "changing the law of the land" for the next 20 years as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Hailed as a big political victory for Trump and the Republican Party, Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment as the 114th Supreme Court justice appeared to secure a solid majority of conservatives on the USA highest court for years.

US President Donald Trump has mocked the #MeToo movement as he intensified his criticism of the campaign against sexual harassment and assault which almost hit his Supreme Court pick Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The 53-year-old succeeded 82-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired on July 31 after having served as a pivotal swing vote between conservatives and liberals on the nine-member bench for years.

It does, says Adam Liptak in the New York Times. This would be an "extraordinary violation of constitutional and political norms" and is unlikely, but the pressure may "make some of the conservative justices more cautious" on future rulings.

The rightward trend of the USA highest court is expected to have long-term substantial effects on many issues deeply dividing Americans, such as abortion, affirmative action, voting and gun rights.

Republican leaders made clear throughout the year they had no qualms about keeping senators in Washington until very close to Election Day.

Jim Malone has served as VOA's National correspondent covering USA elections and politics since 1995.

In a sharply worded statement, the NAACP criticized the Senate's Republican majority for hastily pushing through Kavanaugh's confirmation despite serious concerns about the judge. "There is far too much at stake for every community not to have fully reviewed this nominee for the highest court in the land who will chart our future for a generation".

A recent poll by OH Predictive Insights and ABC15 Arizona found that in that state's Senate election, Republican candidate Martha McSally has a six-point lead over Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema, with 47 percent for McSally, 41 percent for Sinema, 4 percent for Green Party candidate Angela Green and 8 percent of voters undecided. The Senate now has 42 judicial nominees in the queue for floor votes, with nine more slated for Thursday consideration by the Judiciary panel.

At issue is Kavanaugh's forceful testimony replying to Ford's accusations, during which he expressed visible anger at the media figures and committee Democrats he argued were carrying out a smear campaign against him.

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