Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned), Lankford, Merkley, Bennet, Portman

Wrap Up

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1127, Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Under the rule, at 10:30 a.m. the Senate will VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #1127, Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Senator Lankford: (6:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "There was a push from my Democratic colleagues to say this investigation has been done by the committee. We want the investigation done by the F.B.I. With the unequivocal statement of during the Anita Hill hearings in 1991, the F.B.I. took three days to do the investigation. We want three days. Give the F.B.I. three days to be able to do this. Then it came back later, give them a week. Give them a week. That's all it would take. So a decision was made to pause and to give the F.B.I. time to do it. And here were the instructions to the F.B.I.: research any credible accusation. No boundaries, no limitations on them. Research a credible current accusation."

 

Senator Merkley: (7:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And the documents we did receive we found some information. We found out that when he served he had been very involved in several nomination, discussions over nominations, even though he had indicated he had not played much of a roam. We found out that he was involved in the conversation over torture even though he had said he had not been involved. We found out that he had directly received documents stolen from Senate Democrats even though he said he had not received those documents. That's just in the documents received. What's in the 100,000 documents that the president marked presidential privilege so that we could not get them?"

 

Senator Bennet: (7:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Instead of modeling our checks and balances, we are demolishing them. Somewhere we began to treat the courts as another part of the partisan war with an opportunity for one side to bloody the other side. And the worst and the latest, lowest point in that story is this shambles of a confirmation process. Weeks ago I announced that I intended to oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. It was after the first round of hearings and before the later allegations of misconduct arose. Then and now I worried about what his confirmation would mean to the people of Colorado, for those with preexisting conditions who depend on the Affordable Care Act for life-saving treatment."

 

Senator Portman: (8:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The students in his classes at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown Law schools. Students from across the political spectrum. Also the litigants who have been before him, including Lisa Blatt, a self-described liberal who has argued more cases before the supreme court than any other woman. When Lisa Blatt joined Condoleezza Rice and me in introducing Brett Kavanaugh before the committee, she said he is unquestionably qualified by his extraordinary intellect, experience, and temperament. All this seems to have been lost in the past couple of weeks. I also know that Brett Kavanaugh is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court."