Chief Justice John Roberts said in a letter on Wednesday that he had transferred judicial misconduct complaints related to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Judicial Council of the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals for further review. Others have faulted the majority leader for originally urging the president to nominate a judge more moderate than either Kavanaugh or Amy Comey Barrett, and for intervention in Alabama's special election previous year that some argue ultimately helped Democrat Doug Jones get elected, thereby decreasing the Supreme Court vote's margin for defections.
Baldwin filed the discharge petition after securing the 30 signatures from her colleagues required to force a vote on the Senate floor. He called the dearth of women Republican candidates winning elections "a great frustration" and said those in the Senate now "just haven't been interested" in serving on the panel that confirms judges and justices. With police standing by, a small group of protesters gathered outside the courthouse, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies". We'll be watching to see if this is the beginning of a post-Kavanaugh trend.
As Justice Kavanaugh settles into his lifetime seat on the bench of the nation's highest court, the left remains angry.
"The complaints do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge".
During the day's first argument, about whether the state of Florida's definition is so broad that it counts nearly every purse snatching as a violent robbery, Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked if that state went too far in defining what actually counts as a violent robbery. Kavanaugh asked Frederick Liu, assistant to the solicitor general, who argued that a Florida man's unarmed robbery should qualify as a violent felony. Gorsuch responded with a faux grimace of pain.
The 76-year-old McConnell, who's been in the Senate since 1985 and majority leader since 2015, said he wants more women in the Senate and on the Judiciary Committee in particular.
Days after ending a turbulent Supreme Court confirmation fight, the Senate turned back to health care - with a battle squarely aimed at coloring next month's crucial elections for control of Congress. The case concerns mandatory minimum sentencing under a 1984 federal law, the Armed Career Criminal Act.
Roberts prompted laughter when he described asking his law clerks to try to grab a dollar bill from his hand to determine if that constituted a violent act. "I'm proud she's in the Republican conference".
Kavanaugh had served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington since 2006.
He said it was unprecedented for a new justice to face such a situation.
Kavanaugh was confirmed on a 50-48 vote. Murkowski voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination and "present" on the final vote. Two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. He has denied the allegations.
"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at the start of a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House on Monday. "It's not just impeaching Trump, it's impeaching Kavanaugh, it's unwinding the entire Trump program".