Graham, Merkley, Stabenow, Hassan

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Graham: (3:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The biggest winner today is those who still want to be judges. You may have saved those who want to come after judge Kavanaugh from humiliation to the enth degree because you rejected it today. For every would him that comes forward with sexual assault, god only knows how many don't say a word. But to right one wrong, seldom does it help to create another. Senator Collins explained the dilemma that we face as a society and rejected the idea sacrificing judge Kavanaugh's great name would make anything better. To the extent that individuals matter in America, you rose to the occasion."

 

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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And those instructions, we are told, were not to talk to any of the corroborating witnesses, not those eight that she put forward and not the 20 that were put forward by Debbie Ramirez. So 28 individuals not brought before the committee and not talked to by the F.B.I. I hope we have lots of opportunity to share our perspectives across the aisle to understand this as we struggle with the issue of fairness because for many of us fairness has not been achieved and the bigger message is to these two women who came forward to share their journeys, to share their experiences is that the U.S. Senate was unwilling to hear them out, unfortunately."

 

Senator Stabenow: (4:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "From health care to civil rights to the safety of the air we breathe and the water we drink to the ability to be able to raise our families and pursue the American dream, to the very health of our democracy, decisions made by the Supreme Court affect us every single day. As you know, I was born in Michigan. I lived in Michigan my whole life. My whole family is still in Michigan, and I'm so grateful for that. Every decision I make in the United States Senate puts the people of Michigan first. My decision to oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh is no exception. The allegations that have been made against Judge Kavanaugh deserve to be taken extremely seriously."

 

Senator Hassan: (4:16 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Throughout this confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has revealed himself to be staunchly partisan and never was that more clear than during his hearing on the allegations raised by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. During that hearing, he called those credible allegations against him - and this is a quote - revenge on behalf of the Clintons and seemed to threaten his political enemies by saying, quote, what goes around comes around. There is ample reason to believe that Judge Kavanaugh would be an ally on the Supreme Court for the Trump administration and Republicans in congress who are seeking to undermine our health care system."