Kyl, Hirono, Murray

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Kyl: (4:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I also want to just conclude this part of the presentation by saying that having sat through over 50 interviews, heard the questions asked of him and his responses, many of them repetitious and helped him to prepare for his hearing, I really believe I've got a very good idea of how he would conduct himself as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. That, after all, Mr. President, is the most important question before us. So the third area of inquiry gets to Judge Kavanaugh as Justice Kavanaugh. The first thing to do is to examine his qualifications and experience. This is ordinarily where we begin in our inquiry to provide advice and consent to the president after a nominee."

 

Senator Hirono: (5:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And this particular case is very important because if Texas wins, that means that the A.C.A's protections for those with preexisting conditions, one out of four people in this country would be done away with. The Supreme Court will also get probably a lot of immigration cases. In many cases about DACA, sanctuary sites, temporary and protected status and family separation that are pending in the lower courts. Abortion as courts weigh the burden imposed on a woman's right to choose by laws limiting abortion in states like Texas, Iowa, and Louisiana. So it doesn't really matter? Of course it matters whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. Even if Roe v. Wade is not overturned, with Judge Kavanaugh's record, all of these limiting laws by states that I just talked about will probably be supported by him."

 

Senator Murray: (5:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "This wasn't an unreasonable request. It happens all the time with nominees. And for far less important positions than a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. And it is the very least that should be done when serious allegations like these were made to make sure we are hearing from all relevant witnesses and bringing all relevant information in for consideration. But, Mr. President, this simply has not happened. This morning I went in for a briefing on the new F.B.I. investigation, and it was very clear to anyone who reviewed the material that Senate Republican leaders and President Trump cut the F.B.I. off and refused to allow them to conduct the comprehensive and thorough investigation that was promised to Democrats and Republicans."