Menendez, Lee, Cruz

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Menendez: (4:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "My friends, we're here in the U.S. Senate, we're staring into the abyss and when is staring back at us is a future in which the American people's trust in the Supreme Court is being irreparably damaged. To vote yes on Brett Kavanaugh is to send a message to every woman in America that your voice doesn't matter. If you risk everything, your security, your stability, your reputation to come forward and speak truth to power about a sexual assault, they will call you credible, they will call you courageous, but they will not believe you. It's a message that says, if you survived a sexual assault, don't bother telling anyone. Because you must be mistaken."

 

Senator Lee: (4:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I was briefed by a small handful of Judiciary Committee staffers who had clearance to read to me an F.B.I. document they had just received. I wasn't allowed to share the details of that communication with anyone, not even members of my own staff because at the time they were confidential, couldn't be discussed with the public, couldn't be discussed with anyone who hadn't received specific clearance from the F.B.I. to do so. At the time these allegations were brought forward, I was able to tell my staff only the following: The allegations raised by this individual - I didn't know her name at the time - are serious."

 

Senator Cruz: (5:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Judges who will follow the law, who will be faithful to the Constitution, who will uphold our fundamental liberties, free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment, the Tenth Amendment, the fundamental liberties protected every American in the United States Constitution. The stakes here are high, particularly with this seat, the seat that was held by Justice Kennedy, a justice who has been the swing vote for three decades now. Even though the stakes are high, Mr. President, what we have witnessed the last several weeks is unprecedented in the annals of confirmation battles. We saw initially a confirmation hearing that was relatively straightforward."