October 6, 2018

Senate Confirms Kavanaugh Despite Serious Credibility and Temperament Questions

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, D.C. — The Senate today confirmed Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the United States Supreme Court despite accusations of sexual assault, serious questions about the truthfulness of his testimony during his confirmation hearings, and ongoing concerns about his temperament. Below is a statement from Caroline Fredrickson, President of the American Constitution Society.

“Today marks a very sad point in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. A new justice has assumed a seat on the Supreme Court bench despite many serious questions about his character, truthfulness, and ability to serve in a fair and impartial manner.

“From the beginning, it was clear that Kavanaugh’s supporters in the Senate were going to shoehorn him onto the Court no matter the cost. Serious questions were raised about his character, credibility, and truthfulness and they chose to ignore them. Conservatives have been trying to weaponize the judiciary and transform it into a policy tool in service of their agenda for decades; it seems that confirming a deeply flawed nominee is a small price to pay to make that happen.

“The Supreme Court is supposed to be above politics, an institution where only those of the highest integrity are meant to serve. These last weeks have revealed Brett Kavanaugh to be an extreme partisan of questionable character, an individual unsuited for a seat on our highest court. Our justice system may never be the same.”

Contact: William Lutz 202-393-6187, wlutz@acslaw.org