Cardin, Leahy

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Cardin: (2:15 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Judge Kavanaugh's response demonstrated his lack of impartiality and pem tournament, which is a critical qualification to serve as a judge. That view was reinforced by a letter written by over 1,000 law professors and legal scholars reaching the same conclusion that I had drawn. I was very disappointed by the process on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination that was dictated by the Republican leadership. For Senator McConnell, ten months was inadequate time for the Senate to consider President Obama's choice of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States, yet Senator McConnell had no difficulty in rushing the consideration of Judge Kavanaugh to the Senate in a fraction of that time. The Republican leadership refused to demand a complete discovery of relevant documents concerning Judge Kavanaugh."

 

Senator Leahy: (2:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "To interview a man who wrote a sworn statement asserting that he could help corroborate Ms. Ramirez's allegations. Or two women who contacted authorities with evidence that Judge Kavanaugh tried to head off Ms. Ramirez's story before it became public. That was an apparent contradiction, total contradiction with his testimony before the Judiciary Committee. In fact, a search for the truth would have allowed the F.B.I. to at least speak with Julie Swetnick, a third accuser. Or a search for the truth would have allowed the F.B.I. to speak with Mark Judge's ex-girlfriend who recalled that Mr. Judge told her ashamedly about a sexual incident that early mirrors both Dr. Ford's and Miss Swetnick's allegations. You know, there is no mistaking. This investigation was rigged by the White House and Senate Republicans."