On July 31, 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy retired from the Supreme Court and made a transition to senior status. His exit created a vacancy in the Supreme Court. By law, the President has the prerogative to nominate a replacement to be confirmed by Congress.
Trump’s pick was Brett Kavanaugh. Despite a rich background in the practice of law and as a Judge, Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing turned out to be one of the most contentious in US History. At the center of it all were allegations of sexual assault against the Justice. Kavanaugh put up a stiff resistance to the claims that detailed events that went right back to High School days.
The White House stood behind Kavanaugh throughout the hearings which ended up in his confirmation in October 2018 despite the allegations. A year after, fresh allegations of sexual assault have been made against Justice Kavanaugh as he was “hit with another accusation of unwanted sexual contact by a male classmate who said he witnessed Kavanaugh expose himself and press his genitals against a woman without her consent.”
“Kavanaugh has denied all of the allegations that he has faced, calling them politically motivated, and he declined to answer questions about Stier’s allegations to the Times on Saturday.” Trump took the stage to defend the Supreme Court Justice again.
However, some Republicans are not backing Kavanaugh. For example, “Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro called for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s impeachment after a newly-reported allegation of sexual misconduct against the justice.”
There has simply been a backlash following the new allegation. There are increasing calls going in the direction of Castro’s cry out for an impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh who is seen to have lied under oath. The moral high ground of the Supreme Court of America has taken a hit following this new development. Its repute stands tested.