Schumer, Durbin, Cornyn

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (10:15 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Democrats are causing delay? First, to say Democrats are causing delay coming from the same man who delayed the nomination of Supreme Court justice Merrick Garland for over 300 days without a shrug of his shoulders? Give me a break. The leader would delay for ten months when he saw - when he thought it was right to do and can't wait for a week to get an honest report out of the F.B.I.? What a double standard. How galling. Accusing Democrats of needlessly delaying a Supreme Court nomination is galling, is hypocritical coming from a leader to delayed the nomination of a Supreme Court justice for over 300 days until his party had a chance to win the White House."


Senator Durbin: (10:32 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • " She was trying to do what she thought was the right thing first for this woman, this mother, this resident of her home state. And, second, for this country. I don't question in any way whatsoever, and no one should, her efforts and good faith to serve this nation in a very difficult process. But Dr. Ford came forward and told her story. I asked her a question point-blank, we are now being told that perhaps you are mistaken. Perhaps it wasn't Brett Kavanaugh who assaulted you in that bedroom in the Maryland suburbs. And I wanted to ask you with what degree of certainty do you believe that Brett Kavanaugh was the assailant. Her answer to me was very short and direct: 100%. 100% certain."


Senator Cornyn: (10:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the USMCA.
    • "As the presiding officer knows, this is important not only to border states like ours, this is important to the entire country. As a matter of fact, just with Mexico, about five million jobs in the United States depend on binational trade with Mexico. About eight million depend on binational trade with Canada. So this is really important to our country, and I think hopefully it will calm a lot of anxiety over some of the various trade disputes that we have had recently. Based on the deal reached Sunday, Canada will now join the pact that the United States and Mexico agreed to in August."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Never before have we seen a nominee to the Supreme Court or any court treated so badly, although we do know that starting with Robert Bork's confirmation hearing, that the gloves came off and these confirmation processes became unfortunately all too ugly. As we know now, there has been ordered a supplemental background investigation by the F.B.I. on allegations that were sprung on Judge Kavanaugh on the eve of his confirmation. There was never a whiff of these allegations during Judge Kavanaugh's six previous background investigations by the F.B.I. and by the Judiciary Committee and other committees, and I think it's telling that the aiders and abettors of this last-minute ambush include political operatives masquerading as disinterested lawyers with only their clients' best wishes at heart."