Cornyn, Cardin, Durbin

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (10:40 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And unfortunately, as a result of the mishandling of Dr. Ford's confidential letter to the ranking member, contrary to her wishes and without her consent leaked to the press, she has been thrust into this three-ring circus. She was not told by her lawyers that the Judiciary Committee had offered to send a bipartisan team of professional staff out to her home in California to interview her confidentially. Why would her lawyers not tell her that? Because they wanted this three-ring circus. They wanted, despite Dr. Ford's wishes not to be thrust into the spotlight, they evidently thrust her into that spotlight, raising the question in my mind who are they working for? Are these lawyers working for Dr. Ford, or do they have agenda and another client in mind?"


Senator Cardin: (10:50 a.m.)

  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "In addition, they can't always get the services they need, particularly in the middle of the night, that - to deal with their addiction problems. The stabilization center is set up to deal with those issues. The problem is, there is no funding for stabilization centers. Fortunately, under this legislation, flexibility is given in regards to the grant program under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA, where local governments can apply for funds to deal with these innovative approaches to dealing with the addiction issue. I was pleased that that was a recommendation I had made and it was incorporated into the final legislation."


Senator Durbin: (10:59 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Now the F.B.I. investigation is under way. For the good of the Senate and for our nation, I hope that this is a complete professional nonpartisan investigation, and I hope that we are given the time to at least read the report from the F.B.I. before the Republican majority leader in the Senate plows through, as he said over and over again, to a vote in this Senate. I would hope that those who come to this issue in good faith, regardless of their position, will be respectful of a process which we may be using in the future and should respect as it reaches its conclusion."
  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "The judge called the courtroom to order. She was very respectful to the two individuals who were there, but she had a problem. One of the people before her could not get into the chair to sit down for the proceeding, and the reason that young girl, whom I will call Maria, could not get into the chair was she is 2 years old. 2 years old. One of the volunteer attorneys lifted her up and put her in the chair and handed her a stuffed owl which she clung to through the whole hearing. Now, the other person who was being subject to a hearing that day had no trouble getting into the chair."