Feinstein, Schumer, McConnell

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Feinstein: (9:48 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The nominee before us being considered for a pivotal swing seat, if confirmed, would be the deciding vote on some of the most important and divisive issues of our day. I'd like to start by speaking about some of the issues in relationship to Judge Kavanaugh. President trump promised to only nominate individuals to the Supreme Court who would be pro-life and pro-gun nominees, who would automatically overturn Roe v. Wade. In my judgment, Judge Kavanaugh clearly meets the test. In a speech in 2017, Judge Kavanaugh focused on praising Justice Rehnquist and his dissent in Roe v. Wade where he challenged the right to women's privacy as protected in the Constitution."

 

Senator Schumer: (10:04 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And finally the dam broke under the weight of credible allegations that Judge Kavanaugh committed a sexual assault in high school. In 2018 the Republican majority conducted a hearing that made the Anita Hill hearings in 1991 look fair by comparison. In this hearing there were no corroborating witnesses on either side, no independent investigation of the facts to inform the questioning. They even hired an outside counsel to put a witness, Dr. Ford, on trial. Only at the 11th hour urging of break-away members of their caucus Republicans submitted reluctantly to a one-week investigation of the allegations, an investigation which was then severely circumscribed by the White House."

 

Senator McConnell: (10:19 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "It was 88 days ago that President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is a nominee of the very highest caliber. A brilliant legal mind, an accomplished jurist, with a proven devotion to the rule of law. Today the senate has the opportunity to advance his nomination. Every one of us will go on record with one of the most consequential votes you ever cast in the senate. Now, the stakes are always high for a Supreme Court nomination, but, colleagues, the extraordinary events of recent weeks have raised an even higher -- raised them even higher this time."