Cornyn, Durbin, Tillis, Wyden

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (11:17 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "But to my mind, what the Senate just voted for was to end the character assassination, the games, the intimidation tactics that unfortunately have compromised so much of this nomination process. Our vote today was important not only because it will allow us to move forward and conclude this confirmation process, but it was important because it shows the United States Senate will not be intimidated. We will not be bullied by the screams of paid protesters and name calling by the mob. We will not be complicit in the attempts to tarnish a good man's character, destroy his career, and further delay this confirmation process, a constitutional process of advice and consent."

 

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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "But expressing their point of view with a sign or march or even a chant, I have to say that is part of our constitutional birthright, thank goodness, in the United States of America. Last week I saw Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for the first time. I heard her name for a week or more. I had seen one photo of her in sunglasses. I had never seen her or heard her speak. She came forward at great risk to herself and to her family after having been dislocated from her two different homes with her kids. And she came here to face the Senate Judiciary Committee and the nation and to speak under oath. She had absolutely nothing to gain by coming forward. She did it, as she said, out of a sense of civic duty."

 

Senator Tillis: (12:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The way to get into those 100,000 secret documents that they are talking about, we estimate that if our colleagues on the other side of the aisle would have done what they had traditionally done is come up with an agreement on document production, that they would have gained a lot of insights into the documents that we considered relevant but not necessarily the documents that they would like to use to create another political narrative. But they refused to cooperate. And we moved forward. As a matter of fact, we moved forward and provided more documents for this Supreme Court nominee than the total number of documents provided for all in total of the last three or four Supreme Court nominees."

 

Senator Wyden: (12:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, the deeply misguided vote to move forward on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination has taken this Senate one step closer to a moment that will cause enormous pain for millions of Americans, particularly women and survivors of assault. Now some may say that the senate is rolling back the clock on women in America by confirming Brett Kavanaugh. After seeing what's happened to the women who have spoken out and talking to women in Oregon, I question how much the clock ever ticked forward. Indeed this process has shone the spotlight on the double standard that women across this country face just so that they will be believed. On the other hand, Dr. Ford never wanted any of this. The way she has been treated by Republicans in this Senate and the president of the United States is inexcusable."