Cornyn, Hatch, Barrasso, Cardin

Executive Session (Oldham Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (12:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Now, these aren't just documents that he himself has generated. In fact, I suspect that the overwhelming majority of them he would have nothing to do with creating. He wouldn't be the author. He wouldn't be making policy recommendations. He would basically be navigating all of the documents that go across the president's desk to make sure they've been reviewed by the appropriate person and they'd been checked for accuracy. So the idea that every single piece of paper that went across President George W. Bush's desk should somehow be relevant and we should delay the confirmation until we've all had a chance to read it is ridiculous."


Senator Hatch: (12:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "He was confirmed on the D.C. Circuit Court in 2006 following years of Democratic obstruction. He has worked closely on that court for a decade. His record never ceases to impress. A nominee with - should receive bipartisan support. Over the years I have seen the deterioration of the judicial process. When Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, I knew Democrats would again play politics with the Supreme Court. It's what they've done for more than three decades, and it's a matter of great concern to me. Faced with an imminently qualified nominee, Democrats are casting about looking for something, really anything to stop Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation."


Senator Barrasso: (12:53 p.m.)

  • Spoke on NATO.
    • "President Trump pointed out how strange it seems. I think it's - it seems strange to other members of NATO and it seems strange to people all across the country. No one who understands the facts can say that President Trump is wrong. President Trump is right. His tough talk to NATO was on point. Even the Obama administration knew. The rest of NATO knows it. Even Germany knows it. When one country allows another aggressive opportunistic country like Russia to have that kind of influence over its security, I believe it's asking for trouble. Germany seems to be betting that increasing its economic ties to the Kremlin will have no effect on the political manipulations that Russia wants to play on Europe. I think it's a sucker's bet."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "But I understand there are surveys of lawyers who appear before judges in court, people who have won cases, people who have lost cases, but they've put up their ideas of what they thought about the judge afterwards and across the board they call him an excellent judge. They say that he, quote, had as a history of excellent legal argument and analysis. You want somebody that can think intellectually, think clearly, come up with a legal argument and analysis to make the assessment, to apply the law as written. One lawyer actually said, quote, it's daunting and humbling to be in front of that brainpower."


Senator Cardin: (1:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "They tried it in Montenegro. Russia financed operations of a coup to try to prevent the parliamentary elections from having a government that would ratify the NATO. The people in Montenegro stood up and said no. They fought it and they won. And now Montenegro is a NATO ally. So we can - can't give this space to Mr. Putin. Mr. Putin not just in the United States but in Europe interfered in elections. But what happened in 2016 in America? Madam President, this is a fact. This is not subject to debate. We know that Russia directed by Mr. Putin interfered in our elections. That's been confirmed by our intelligence community."