Heinrich, Tillis, Thune

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Heinrich: (5:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "But I have to ask, how can we possibly continue to move forward or as in the majority leader's own words, plow right through to confirm a lifetime appointment on our nation's supreme court in the wake of both credible allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the nominee Brett Kavanaugh and serious questions concerning his judicial temperament? Republicans are ignoring very real questions about his credibility and are intent on hiding his record. Even worse, they are in such a rush that most of them did not even want the F.B.I. to reopen Judge Kavanaugh's background check to help us get to the bottom of this. And when the F.B.I. did reopen the investigation, the white house limited in its scope so much that it did not follow multiple credible leads. And now we as senators have barely 24 hours to review their findings before scrambling to a vote."

 

Senator Tillis: (5:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "Pastor Brunson has been a missionary in Turkey for about 20 years. And in 2016, there was a coup attempt, an illegal coup attempt, and people who were associated with it should go to prison because there should not be violent changes of power in nations. They have an election process. They should honor it. I have no problem with people who have evidence of having been associated with an illegal coup going to prison. But I've got a real problem with a man who, for the last two years, has been in a Turkish prison over the past couple of months finally we've gotten him on house arrest, went 19 months without an indictment."

 

Senator Thune: (6:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, a long and arduous process is finally drawing to a close. In the next couple of days, we will vote on Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the United States Supreme Court, and I will be voting yes. Last week, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about an allegation she made about Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Ford deserved to be heard, and she was. Her claim - claims deserved to be investigated, and they were thoroughly by the Senate Judiciary Committee. And then they were investigated again by the F.B.I. Here's what we have learned. After seven, seven F.B.I. background investigations, more than two weeks of committee investigations, and a day-long hearing where both sides were heard, there is not one scrap of corroborating evidence to back up her claims against Judge Kavanaugh."