Coons, Murphy, Warren, Udall

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Coons: (3:14 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "But today I want to take a moment and share with members of this chamber and folks who may be watching something else that was happening during that entire hearing that I did not expect that was powerful and unique and special in my experience as a public servant and that I've heard as I've listened to other senators of both parties who were present and who I've talked to afterwards was their experience as well. This conversation is bigger. It's bigger, it's more pressing, and it's say it's more important than the question of one Supreme Court seat and one current nominee. This is a question about whether we as a country at the highest levels of power believe victims and survivors of sexual assault and are willing to listen to them, to believe them, and to take action."

 

Senator Murphy: (3:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I have come to the conclusion that Brett Kavanaugh is perhaps the most dangerous nominee for the Supreme Court in my lifetime, and I'm going to vote no tomorrow when a cloture vote comes before this Senate. And let me be clear. I had decided to vote no before his confirmation hearing, before the allegations of sexual assault were levied against him, before his second confirmation hearing, before the F.B.I. refreshed its background check investigation. That doesn't mean that I wasn't willing to do my due diligence. It's simply that his judicial record that I became familiar with as he was becoming known as one of the finalists for this selection was enough for me to decide that he wouldn't rule fairly on the questions before the court that affected the millions of people that I represent in Connecticut."

 

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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Dr. Ford's account of the most traumatic event of her life was harrowing. The pain of retelling this story was evident, and she did it for no personal gain whatsoever. In fact, her life has been turned upside down as a result of the decision to come forward. The courage she showed was remarkable. Her testimony was credible and compelling. I believed Dr. Ford. Judge Kavanaugh's testimony, very different. He spent more than 40 minutes ranting, raving, and peddling fact-free party conspiracy theories, then he insulted senators and screamed at people who had the nerve to question him."

 

Senator Udall: (4:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, at this point with so much unknown, there are serious consequences to elevating Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We the Senate need to continue our search for the truth about this nominee, his background and his record, and hopefully we can do that in a bipartisan way. Yet, everything about the nomination process for this nominee has been deeply flawed, from the president outsourcing the nomination to the Federalist Society, to the majority leader violating his own new rule to delay consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until after an upcoming election, to a highly partisan lawyer screaming Judge Kavanaugh's documents for public disclosure instead of the nonpartisan national archives staff."