Lambda Legal Decries Vote to Advance Kavanaugh Nomination to Full Senate; FBI Investigation into Sexual Assault Allegations Must Occur Prior to Final Vote

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September 28, 2018

The decision by the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance by a party-line vote the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate for a full floor vote is highly disturbing and extremely dangerous.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has made it clear that he intends to “plow this nomination through.”

Based on Mitch McConnell’s shameless history of playing politics with the Supreme Court, there is no reason to believe that he will honor Senator Flake’s legitimate request for a thorough FBI investigation into the claims of the brave women who have come forward before pushing ahead with a vote without sustained pressure. We must remain vigilant and engaged.

Brett Kavanaugh demonstrated yesterday that he clearly cannot be trusted to serve as a fair-minded jurist -- much less as a Supreme Court Justice. His testimony, for all its rage and bluster, was misleading, evasive and, at times, demonstrably false. His temperament on display yesterday is wholly antithetical to what the American people are entitled to expect from our federal judges – fairness, impartiality, and respect for all who come before them.

Every member of the Senate now needs to decide whether it is worth compromising their own integrity to push forward with this toxic nominee. Or they can choose to take a stand with the millions of Americans who know that confirming Brett Kavanaugh will send a devastating message to those who have survived sexual violence and embolden the powerful forces that seek to silence them.

We call on all Senators of conscience to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.