Merkley, Blunt, Barrasso, Perdue

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Merkley: (1:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Therefore, we're going to block documents a, B, and C and, therefore, create an index explaining that? No, they did not. We have a whole scale blockage of key parts of the record. And there's more than that. There's also the president's role in marking documents committee confidential. So here is the challenge. We have a responsibility, a constitutional responsibility that has been violated. And that's why today I filed a motion to compel the president to provide those hundred thousand documents marked presidential privilege to us in the Senate so we can review them and do our responsibility under the Constitution."

 

Senator Blunt: (2:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "They could have pursued with Judge Kavanaugh's private hearing - they were willing to talk about baseball tickets at the private hearing. They could have pursued in the private hearing, here's what's in this file. What do you have to say about that? Dr. Ford, as she said she wanted to be, would have been kept anonymous this that process. There would have been no reason, unless the committee would have decided to do what somebody on that committee did, to use her name, to bring this into a major public confrontation. This could have been handled in another way. Her letter, her personal trauma could have been handled in a way that it wasn't. In fact, it could have have been handled more poorly or politically by some in the minority or their staff than it was."

 

Senator Barrasso: (2:09 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Even before he was nominated, a number of members of this body said they would oppose the nomination not even knowing who or she might have been. But they would oppose the nomination to the Supreme Court. After the name was - came out that evening, other members of the Senate said I would oppose that. Chuck Schumer, the Democrat minority leader, said he would oppose the nomination, he said, with everything that he had. You know, it used to be that we could just disregard language like this as empty rhetoric. Not anymore. Now we know exactly what Democrats had in mind from the very start."

 

Senator Perdue: (2:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, this has the potential of being an historic week in America. The last ten days have been very troubling to me as a United States senator, as an individual citizen, husband, father, son. I'm very troubled today by the extreme measures that we see being made right now about a case that my colleagues across the aisle are trying to make today. I'm outraged actually. After a personal incident that involved my wife and myself this week, we have seen firsthand the length to which members of the other side of the aisle will go to distract us away from the truth. This body, the United States Senate, has become nothing more than a bully pulpit for someone's special cause when it should be a deliberative body. We should be finding the truth here."