Durbin, Grassley, Schumer, McConnell

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Durbin: (2:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "It was our request after we heard complaints of Dr. Ford and allegations that there be a thorough investigation on the Democratic side we asked for that repeatedly from the Republican majority. It wasn't until Senator Flake and some of his Republican colleagues made a point of saying they wouldn't move to go forward with this hearing without an F.B.I. investigation that it finally was agreed to. Let me also add that statements have been made publicly by the public spokesman at the White House about how the witnesses were chosen for this F.B.I. investigation, according to Mr. Shaw, who works in the White House, he told us that a list of witnesses was sent by Senate Republicans to the White House and they were included in their request."

 

Senator Grassley: (2:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Mr. President, I come one final time in support of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to serve as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Democratic leaders did everything in their power to make Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation about anything except his judicial record and his outstanding academic qualifications. The Democratic leader has promised to oppose Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation from day one and use every play in the book to accomplish that goal even though the Senate had access to more of Judge Kavanaugh's records than we have had for any other Supreme Court nominee, Democratic leaders tried to bury the Judiciary Committee in mountains of irrelevant paperwork."

 

Senator Schumer: (3:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Truly, Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation is a low moment for the Senate, for the court, for the country. The Republican majority has conducted one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes in senate history, slanting the table from the very beginning to produce their desired result. Why do I say this? Because they withheld over 90% of the nominee's record from the senate and the American people, because they refused to allow Dr. Ford to call a single corroborating witness at the hearing, including the only other eyewitness to the incident, because they refused to have an independent investigation of the facts before the hearing in order to inform the questioning, because they hired an outside prosecutor to question Dr. Ford as if she were on trial."

 

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

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity. Those are the words of Henry clay. Mr. President, Kentucky's own. They underscore that the decision United States senators will make today will echo in the history of our nation. The very survival of our constitutional form of government requires an expert and independent judiciary. Without fair and impartial courts of justice, as Alexander Hamilton put it in the "Federalist Papers," all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing. The courts guard our rights, and the senate guards our courts."