Schumer, Heller, Flake

Executive Session (Heller Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (12:49 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "There are now multiple credible, serious and corroborated allegations against Judge Kavanaugh made under the penalty of perjury. The new affidavit by Mrs. Swetnick calls for a detailed investigation done by our F.B.I. professionals as do the allegations made by other women. But currently there is only a single hearing tomorrow, with no witnesses other than Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh before a scheduled committee vote and a potential final Senate floor vote soon thereafter. That is not right. There is no need for such a rush. These women deserve to be heard in a fair way, and their claims must be properly investigated. Republicans need to immediately suspend the proceedings related to Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, and the president must order the F.B.I. To reopen the background check investigation."


Senator Heller: (1:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting.
    • "It has been nearly a year since a madman's actions devastated Vegas. 58 innocent people lost their lives. Over 800 people were injured and many of them continue to face a long road to physical and emotional recovery. Know that you're not alone on that road. We support you and we're praying for you. Our community is still grieving and it will never be the same, but hatred and fear will never win, that's because one man's horrific actions exposed humanity. Las Vegas showed what it means to be Vegas strong and I had the honor of experiencing it firsthand in the eyes and voices of those who survived and those who are eager to help others."


Senator Flake: (1:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "But we need to. And I admit it feels strange to have to do that, but we in this political culture and in this city and in this building, even in this chamber we seem to sometimes forget that before this woman and this man are anything else, they are human beings. We sometimes seem intent on stripping people of their humanity so that we might more easily degrade or defame them or put them through the grinder that our politics requires. We've seen - we seem sometimes even to enjoy it. For the past two weeks we've certainly seen that happen to both of these human beings for whatever reason because we think we are right and they are wrong, because we think our ideological struggle is more important than their humanity?"