The story of how the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, and then proceeded to confirm him with a majority vote on Wednesday has already been written.
But in the end, the real story of the day wasn’t the decision.
It was the process by which the committee decided to confirm Kavanaugh.
And that process was an act of political opportunism that led to an epic, self-defeating, and ultimately self-inflicted wound.
First, a quick recap: A majority of the Senate on Wednesday voted to approve the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Judicial Court.
The vote came as Republicans were struggling to contain the growing firestorm over sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
Democrats argued that Republicans were using the confirmation process to advance their political agenda.
A number of Democrats, including Sens.
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mazie Hirono (D) joined the chorus, arguing that Republicans should have moved to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Democrats responded by calling for an investigation of what happened in the Senate, and for the full committee to have the full information.
The question now, then, is how the committee was able to confirm a nominee so quickly without getting the full story.
The process began on Tuesday afternoon, when the Judiciary Committee announced it was conducting a full investigation into the accusations against Kavanaugh.
This is when the committee began gathering information.
In a statement, the committee said that it would hold a “fact finding” hearing on the accusations and the witnesses involved in them.
The hearing was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, but the committee quickly postponed it because of the allegations.
That decision was a huge mistake, because the committee did not have the facts, as they were now required to have by the Senate rules, which require the committee to “take all reasonable steps to obtain the facts before making a decision.”
The committee also had to rely on the testimony of two of the accusers, and the testimony and other information gathered by the panel had not been fully vetted, according to a person familiar with the process who spoke to BuzzFeed News on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about it.
A few days later, the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Justice, and Human Rights held a closed-door meeting to begin the process.
The committee’s Republican majority on the subcommittee, Sens.
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R) along with Sen. Thom Tillis (R, NC) were present.
They did not attend the meeting, according a person who attended the meeting.
At this point, the two Republican members were on record saying they were opposed to Kavanaugh’s nomination, and that they would not support a full committee vote on the nomination.
Graham said that if there were a second hearing, he would oppose it, according the person.
This meeting also took place on Tuesday night.
Graham also said that he would not be in the hearing room on Wednesday.
(The White House has not commented on Graham’s remarks, but he later made clear he had not meant to imply that he had opposed the confirmation.)
Graham told reporters he would make his decision on Wednesday morning, but later added, “The president is not going to support a vote on this nomination.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D, IL) was also present for the meeting and said, “We’re going to do what’s in the best interest of the American people, and we’re going do what we believe is in the interest of a fair and impartial investigation.”
(He later added that he was “not going to oppose” a vote.)
The two Republicans who voted to deny Kavanaugh’s appointment, Sens, Joe Manchin (D–WV) and Jon Tester (D—MT), also spoke in support of the nomination, even if they had reservations about some of the witnesses and other details of the case.
Sen. Joe Manchin (R—WV), who is also a member of the Judiciary committee, told BuzzFeed News that he thought the hearing would be a “good opportunity for the public to have a chance to get a full picture of what the facts are and what the process is.”
He added that it was important to look at the evidence and the history of the charges against Kavanaugh, and not just the accuser herself.
Sen Tester, who is the second member of his party to be elected to the Senate in the past year, told reporters that he supported the full Senate process and that he did not want to see “a situation where we go to a vote and we all say, ‘This was a horrible mistake,’ ” because he believes that that is not the right way to proceed.
He added, however, that he believed that the hearing process was not the proper way to confirm someone for the Supreme Courts.
Sen Dianne Feinstein (D–CA) is the chair of the committee, but she has said that she