Rep. Chu Statement on Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh
Washington, DC — Today, the Senate voted 50 to 48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:
“This confirmation is a body blow to women. Brett Kavanaugh was picked precisely because he has a judicial record hostile to a woman’s constitutional right to choice. And he was confirmed in spite of credible allegations that he had sexually assaulted women in the past. In short, this was a vote to silence women in law and in society by taking away our rights at the court and discouraging other survivors from naming their attackers.
“This process was mishandled from the beginning. It was designed to shield Judge Kavanaugh’s record from the public and to rush him onto the Court. Even as the allegations were being looked into, Senate Majority Leader McConnell declared that he was intent on pushing forward with a vote. Any investigation or fact finding under that context is a sham. And the reports that the White House intervened to limit the scope of the FBI’s work is further proof. We need to see the White House guidance to understand what restrictions were put on the FBI’s work. For instance, it’s wrong that Dr. Ford wasn’t questioned by the FBI. Nor were many others who came forward to say they had information to corroborate accusations or prove that Kavanaugh had lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Those myriad mistruths he told, along with the unprecedently hostile and partisan tone he took in his hearing, are disqualifying on their own.
“Lastly, I believe that Judge Kavanaugh should be disqualified by his comments on presidential power. Kavanaugh has publicly expressed his belief that the President cannot be criminally charged while in office. Surely Trump was aware of his position when nominating him, which is a conflict of interest as the Supreme Court is almost certain to hear a case involving the Mueller probe. At the absolute least, Kavanaugh must recuse himself from all cases having to do with Mueller’s investigation.”