Kavanaugh Accusations Test Power of #MeToo Movement in Washington

What is happening now will test a political system still adjusting to the #MeToo era.

Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh appears during a confirmation hearing at the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday September 05, 2018 in Washington, DC. The organization Fix The Court owns BrettKavanaugh.com and recently put a variety of links to resources for survivors of sexual assault on the homepage. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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The sexual assault allegation from Brett Kavanaugh’s past is testing a political system that is still adjusting to the realities of a #MeToo era. And just how Washington, D.C., will react has taken an added dose of importance because the midterm elections are less than two months away, reports ABC News. 

Democrats are maintaining that the Senate Judiciary Committee should not vote until the FBI investigates and Christine Blasey Ford is heard publicly, but Republicans are saying that Sen. Dianne Feinstein held this information back until now and her party is using the scandal to sow chaos. The White House, meanwhile, is standing behind Kavanaugh’s denial.

Should Kavanaugh be confirmed, his conservative opinions could remake the court during a time of major reconstruction for the country. Kavanaugh could be the swing vote judging the constitutionality of a number of state laws that aim to restrict when and how a woman can have an abortion.

But ABC News writes that whatever happens next will be decided by a small handful of senators based on who they believe — or perhaps what priorities they have.

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