Duckworth, Hatch

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Duckworth: (12:48 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "This consistent dishonesty, this disregard, even distaste for the truth should be unacceptable in any judicial nominee, let alone one nominated to serve on the highest court in the land for a lifetime appointment. And let's be clear. How Republicans went about restricting the F.B.I. investigation this past week was questionable at best, sabotage at worst. But the reality that a suspiciously limited background check isn't enough to prove he was unfit. It was his inappropriate public outbursts and his lack of candor that are so deeply troubling, that should be so obviously disqualifying. This has nothing to do with his conservative beliefs. This has to do with the fact that the belligerent partisan operative who revealed himself last week is wholly unsuited for a job that demands levelheaded temperament."

 

Senator Hatch: (1:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Truly, Mr. President, there is no one more qualified and more prepared to serve on the Supreme Court than Brett Kavanaugh, unquote. A lot has transpired in the last three months. We've received and reviewed more documents for Judge Kavanaugh than for any other Supreme Court nominee in our nation's history. We've had five days of public hearings. Judge Kavanaugh has answered more than 1,300 written questions, more questions than all previous Supreme Court nominees combined. We've had protesters in halls and hearing rooms and elevators. We've even seen the miraculous return of Spartacus, and, Mr. President, we've had the lowest, most vile, most dishonest attempt at character assassination that I've ever seen in my whole 42 years of service in the United States Senate."