The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings were the ugliest in recent history.
There was no smear attack too low that Democrats used to stop him from joining the Supreme Court.
But now Kavanaugh just got this jaw-dropping news about being replaced on the bench.
Kavanugh’s promotion to the Supreme Court opened up a vacancy on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
This is seen as the most prestigious appeals court in America and a stepping stone to the Supreme Court.
President Trump nominated Neomi Rao to fill Kavanaugh’s position on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Rao faced opposition from Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R) over her past writings about the role of alcohol in campus sexual assault.
Ernst, who said she was sexually assaulted in college, wanted clarification.
Once that was received, the Republicans confirmed Rao on a 53-46 vote.
In a 53-46 vote along party lines, the Senate approved Rao to replace Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) did not vote.
During her confirmation hearing, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) grilled Rao, who is head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, on her views on date rape and gender equality. In an article she wrote during her time as an undergraduate at Yale, Rao said that if a woman “drinks to the point where she can no longer choose, well, getting to that point was part of her choice.”
Ernst, one of two Republican women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticized Rao at the time, saying the nominee’s writing gave “her pause.” Ernst had previously said she was raped in college.
But Ernst’s concerns were eased after Rao sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that expressed regret for her college writings.
Democrats are afraid of Rao.
Rao has strong support in the conservative legal community and many believe she could be Trump’s next nominee to the Supreme Court should a vacancy occur.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.