Kavanaugh’s Timeline: Nomination to Confirmation

Grace Briquelet, Design Editor

Image featuring Brett Kavanaugh and Dianne Feinstein respectively. Artwork by: Grace Briqulet.

July 9, 2018: Brett Kavanaugh is announced as the nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by the Trump Administration.

July 30, 2018: California Senator Dianne Feinstein receives a letter from Christine Blasey Ford, alleging that she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh in high school. Ford requests that the letter is not released publicly. 

August 10, 2018: Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley, announces that the confirmation hearings will begin September 4. 

September 4-7, 2018: Kavanaugh testifies at his confirmation hearings before the Senate. The allegations from Ford are not yet mentioned. 

September 12, 2018: Dianne Feinstein sends Ford’s letter to the FBI. 

September 14, 2018: The New Yorker releases an article about the allegations, keeping Ford’s name anonymous. 

September 16, 2018: Ford allows her name to be released when she is interviewed by the Washington Post. 

September 21, 2018: Over 75 women hold a press conference at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C to show their support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

September 23, 2018: Deborah Ramirez comes forward and accuses Kavanaugh of exposing himself at a dorm party. 

September 26, 2018: Julie Swetnick comes forward with a 3-page declaration, signed “under penalty of perjury,” that in high school, Kavanaugh would drink excessively and “engage in abusive behavior” towards girls. She adds that she has “a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”

September 27, 2018: Kavanaugh and Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh denies Ford’s allegation. Both of their hearings are very emotional. 

September 28, 2018: The Senate Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh’s nomination. A one-week FBI investigation on the allegations against Kavanaugh is announced. 

October 3, 2018: James Roche, Kavanaugh’s college roommate from freshman year, is interviewed by Anderson Cooper from CNN. Roche states that he “knew [Kavanaugh] was lying because he was his roommate” in regards to Kavanaugh’s drinking habits and use of sexual language.

October 4, 2018: Information attained via investigation is released. Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Preparatory yearbook from 1983 is published online. On his personalized yearbook page, he references drinking and partying. 

October 5, 2018: Senate holds cloture vote; he has enough support to be confirmed.

October 6, 2018: A final vote is held, and Kavanaugh is sworn in as Supreme Court Justice.