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Rep. Chu Statement on Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh

July 10, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court:

“A woman’s right to make her own healthcare choices. Marriage equality. The unprecedented expansion of healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). All of these are now in serious and immediate jeopardy thanks to Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Trump himself said that he’d like to criminalize abortion and erase the ACA as quickly as possible. There is no doubt he sees his choice of Kavanaugh as the next step towards that goal. And that’s why we must resist this nomination as though our lives depended on it – because for many of us, they do.

“In addition to his long record of hostility to women’s reproductive freedoms and the ACA, Kavanaugh has also 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 an obvious conflict of interest as the Supreme Court is almost certain to hear a case involving the Mueller probe. Nobody should be able to appoint the judge in their own trial. At the absolute least, Kavanaugh must recuse himself from all cases having to do with Mueller’s investigation.

“But hopefully, it won’t get that far. In a year where the Court has upheld religious discrimination against Muslims and weakened the power of labor unions while handing more power to businesses, we cannot risk a further shift to the right. I urge my Senate colleagues to oppose this nomination fiercely and tirelessly.”