Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Friday night to let everyone know that he was not happy about the potential for Brett Kavanaugh to take a seat on the Supreme Court.
“I began with deep concerns about Judge Kavanaugh: His unfettered view of executive power — effectively believing the president is beyond the law; his refusal to commit to well-established precedents on critical issues, like women’s constitutional rights regarding abortion,” he said in a half-hour long speech. “And I had significant concerns about his truthfulness and temperament, concerns proven more than justified over the course of these hearings.”
Whitehouse, a Democrat, highlighted his concern with a perceived drift to the right in the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts.
“In my opening comments I chronicled a pattern under Chief Justice Roberts, an unpleasant pattern of 5-4 partisan rulings for the big corporate and special interests that are the lifeblood of the Republican Party … Seventy-three times,” he said. “The pattern of these 73 partisan Roberts Five decisions explains why big Republican interests want Kavanaugh on the court so badly, and why Republicans shredded so much Senate precedent to shove him through.”
Saying that he believes the sexual-assault allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, Whitehouse added that he believes that Kavanaugh is not impartial and doesn’t have the right temperament to sit on the high court.
After reading from two testimonials his office received from Rhode Island women who said they had survived sexual assault, Whitehouse added: “This is about far more than a troubled and troubling nominee. Something big is happening. Women across the country … are reconciling with their truth, fighting through a long and unfair legacy of shame, fear, and stigma, and determining to leave a different world for their daughters and granddaughters.”
He said that he found the FBI investigation lacking.
“We see the dozens of credible percipient and corroborating witnesses who came forward to say they couldn’t get an interview from the FBI, who were never contacted when they made themselves known to the FBI, and who were fobbed off into a black hole of a tipline — a tipline from which no tips appear ever to have been pursued,” he said. “As United States Attorney, had I received the set of witness summaries we saw, I would have sent the packet back for more investigation.
“This was yet another Trump abuse of a proud institution.”
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Published at Sat, 06 Oct 2018 03:22:25 +0000