McConnell, Whitehouse, Schumer

Executive Session (Roisman Nomination)

Senator McConnell: (3:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, the Judiciary Committee has begun hearings to consider Judge Brett Kavanaugh for confirmation as associate justice of the Supreme Court. One of the distinguished professionals asked to introduce him is Lisa Blatt. In a recent op-ed Ms. Blatt laid out the case for why Democrats should support Judge Kavanaugh. Last week she spearheaded a letter that 41 veteran appellate advocates wrote to the committee. Here's what they said: Based on our experience with Judge Kavanaugh and his work over 12 years of distinguished judicial service, we're confident that he possesses the character, temperament and intellect that will make him an asset to the nation's highest court."


Senator Whitehouse: (3:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • ""The Atlantic," reported in a recent study, "Science." The titles of their - climate change could render many of the ecosystems unrecognizable from "The Washington Post" and no ecosystem on Earth is safe from climate change from "The Atlantic." They looked at temperature records to predict how global warming will transform our world. Dr. Steven Jackson a scientist with the geological survey told "The Atlantic," anywhere you are on the globe, the more you change climate, the more you will see ecological change. Having this kind of change at such a massive scale in a short period of time will create unprecedented challenges."


Senator Schumer: (4:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Furthermore, we have no knowledge of why we were given these documents and not given the vast bulk of the documents. What is the rule? Is there some objective rule finding? They should make it public. Why? They haven't. The reason is simple. The obvious conclusion. Can't prove it because we don't have the documents is the 93% have things that they don't want to be made public. Otherwise there would be a set system and they'd say here's why you're getting this and not getting that. Again, it's not the number. It's the percentage. Almost everything the Republicans requested with Elena Kagan and Sotomayor when they were in the minority, our position now, were granted."