Gillibrand, Cornyn, Casey

Executive Session (Feldman Nomination)

Senator Gillibrand: (11:40 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, I rise to speak about Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, and I urge my colleagues to actually listen to Dr. Blasey Ford and treat her with the respect that she deserves. She deserves better than the setup she's walking into tomorrow. I want to take a step back for a second and look at the big picture of what's actually going on with this nomination. We have a nominee for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land who has been accused credibly of sexual assault. Dr. Blasey Ford reluctantly came forward out of civic duty and said that Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her in high school. She is now facing death threats for her courage, and her worst fears of how she would be treated by this body have come to fruition."

 

Senator Cornyn: (11:52 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I am looking forward to a hearing that we will have tomorrow at 10:00 in the morning at the request of Dr. Ford to give all of us an opportunity to provide a fair - and a fair chance to her for her to have her say. It's important that we do this because during the last ten days it's felt like a series of small earthquakes, actions taken and blunders committed by our Democratic colleagues has destabilized the normal timeline. This stems from the fact that the allegations made by Dr. Ford were made to the ranking member and kept by her from other members of the committee as well as the background investigators who normally when allegations come up like this are protective of the confidentiality and anonymity of the accuser and accused until they can be properly vetted."

 

Senator Casey: (12:26 p.m.)

  • Spoke on special counsel protection legislation.
    • "Since this weekend, there have been reports that the president may fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from his position at the Department of Justice. This would be a gross abuse of power, a line that we cannot allow to be crossed without consequence. Mr. Rosenstein has a long career in public service and law enforcement. He initially joined the Department of Justice nearly 30 years ago through the Attorney General's Honors Program and rose through the ranks, serving as a trial attorney, as principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Tax Division, and as a United States attorney in Maryland for over a decade, a critically important job in our justice system."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "We're told that tomorrow there will be testimony both from the judge and Dr. Ford, but I think the evidence that's on the record so far and then new evidence that's - new allegations, I should say, that are just breaking news at this hour, continue to reinforce my belief - and this was my belief a week ago, it was my belief a number of days ago and it is still my belief today - that this set of questions, these allegations warrant an F.B.I. investigation. This with a not be a new endeavor for the F.B.I. They do this routinely for nominees from the Supreme Court all the way down. They, of course, did an investigation for the purposes of this confirmation as to the judge's background."