McKenzie Schuessler, Staff Writer
Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment has been controversial from the very beginning. Being appointed to the single most important legal institution in the United States is something that should not be taken lightly. Nominee Kavanaugh’s hearing process started Sept. 5 with testimonies from legal experts and people who knew the judge. At first, the Democratic Party was angry with the nomination because they felt the Republican Party was withholding information regarding Kavanaugh and trying to rush his confirmation. The confirmation took a turn when multiple sexual misconduct allegations were made against nominee Kavanaugh. One specific victim, Christine Blasey Ford, agreed to testify on the allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard expressive testimonies from Kavanaugh and victim Ford. Throughout the hearings, Kavanaugh acted irrational, hot-blooded and often times contradicted himself. At the end of the hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee decided to send Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Senate floor where Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona requested an FBI investigation be launched regarding these allegations. The White House agreed and directed the FBI to interview anyone ‘they deemed necessary.’ With the alloted time of only one week for the investigation, many people can’t help but think, “What is the Republican Party trying to hide?” The FBI is limited on time and who they can interview. They are under an immense amount of pressure to conduct this investigation under these particular constraints, which can leave room for a lot of error. As of Oct. 3, neither Ford nor nominee Kavanaugh have been interviewed by the FBI.
So, what does this mean for nominee Brett Kavanaugh?
The emotional testimonies shared throughout the hearings raised suspicion regarding Kavanaugh’s ability to act in a nonpartisan and rational manner. Kavanaugh was irate. He made accusations against the Democratic Party, saying that the accusations made against him were a political smear, and even threatened those who opposed him in his opening statement.
The New York Times reported Kavanaugh saying, “And as we all know in the United States political system of the early 2000s, what goes around comes around.”
Undoubtedly, Kavanaugh passive aggressively directed this statement to Ford and those who believe her testimony. However, Kavanaugh’s inappropriate behavior and aggressive reaction is not unheard of in the political realm. The morbid reality is that we currently live in a world where the president can mock a victim of sexual assault and be applauded for doing so.
Ford has everything to lose and nothing to gain from coming forward. She is doing so as her civic responsibility to ensure the highest seat in the law of the land is reserved for a nominee entirely deserving of the confirmation. As the investigation comes to an end, one can only hope that justice will rightfully be served. Looking toward the future, I hope and pray that fighting against sexual assault can be a bipartisan norm. Above all, I hope that we won’t fail victims any longer.