Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh opening: ‘This is a circus’
Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s seat on the Supreme Court was confirmed Saturday in one of the closest votes in the history of the Supreme Court.
It took 89 days from his nomination, on July 9, through one of the most contentious Supreme Court nomination proceedings in U.S. history, to his confirmation vote Saturday.
That’s the longest confirmation process since Justice Clarence Thomas was elevated to the Supreme Court in 1991. Thomas, who was accused by Anita Hill of sexual misconduct, was ultimately confirmed, 52-48, after, 99 days from the date of his nomination.
The most recent Associate Justice to ascend to the nation’s highest court before Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed in 66 days. The average wait is 67 days, according to the Congressional Research Service, NBC reports.