September 27, 2018

“This has to stop” - GOP Poised to Tarnish Supreme Court for Generations

Judge Brett Kavanaugh


Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of three women who have come forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, of inappropriate sexual behavior. GOP members of the committee have scheduled a Friday vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, this despite calls for an independent investigation into Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegations or the simple fact that they have yet to hear from Dr. Ford herself.

Prior to the hearing, American Constitution Society President Caroline Fredrickson issued the following statement:

“For the good of the country, this has to stop. There are so many unanswered questions about Kavanaugh’s truthfulness, gaps in his written record, and allegations of serious sexual misbehavior, that it would be irresponsible to ask Senators to vote on his nomination without a deeper independent investigation.

“The Supreme Court is supposed to be above politics. It is supposed to be the last hope of those seeking justice against powerful and often discriminatory special interests. But the Senate GOP is poised to tarnish the Court’s time-honored legacy with their headlong rush to win at any cost and install Kavanaugh on the court despite serious and credible questions about his fitness. It is perhaps the ultimate selfish expression of their ongoing effort to weaponize the judiciary and transform it into a policy tool in service of their far-right agenda.

“The Supreme Court is already well to the right of most Americans when it comes to our most basic freedoms and protections. Shoe-horning Kavanaugh onto the court despite all the controversy will only push the court further out of the mainstream and taint the court’s reputation for generations to come.”