Hirono, Blumenthal, Whitehouse

Morning Business

Senator Hirono: (2:59 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Even though it was more than 30 years ago, her memory of the assault was clear and vivid. This kind of recall is typical of sexual assault survivors. She was sincere and authentic. She was 100% credible, and I believe her. By contrast, Brett Kavanaugh came to this committee and refused to give us straight answers. He would not call for an F.B.I. investigation. He repeatedly stated that the other people who were at the gathering where Dr. Ford was attacked had, to quote him, rebutted her testimony. That is not true. His alleged accomplice in the attack, Mark Judge, claimed he didn't remember, a far cry from rebutting her statement. He claimed he didn't remember, refused to testify and then went into hiding."

 

Senator Blumenthal: (3:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Madam President, the Judiciary Committee had an extraordinary meeting this morning, and each of us spoke at some length about our reservations or support for the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a United States Supreme Court justice. At the end of that meeting, as we were about to take a vote, Senator Jeff Flake, our colleague, announced his decision that he would request and seek a one-week extension of the vote so there could be an F.B.I. investigation of some of the unanswered questions that still very seriously and urgently demand responses. And that is a very promising and important step."

 

Senator Whitehouse: (4:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Vladimir Putin uses fake news in Russia all the time for political influence in the former Soviet Union and the modern European Union and there is misinformation to help Trump to win the 2016 American election. Some also is homegrown. In America, the original weaponized fake news was climate denial spun up by the fossil fuel industry. The fossil fuel industry used systemic, deliberate disinformation to propagandize our politics and fend off accountability for its pollution of our atmosphere and oceans. So for both national security and political integrity reasons, we need to better understand this misinformation weaponry. And guess what. Science is on the case. A comprehensive array of peer-reviewed articles appeared last year in the journal of applied research in memory and cognition."