Senator Leahy Comment On Kavanaugh Hearing Date Announcement Circumventing Vetting Process

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
On the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduling a confirmation hearing
before it will receive Judge Kavanaugh’s political record

August 10, 2018

There are so many things wrong with the Judiciary Committee’s vetting of Judge Kavanaugh that it is hard to know where to begin. The review of his record has gone from being shameful to an outright sham. The nonpartisan National Archives cannot complete its review of the limited documents requested by Chairman Grassley until October. This does not even include any of the millions of records from Judge Kavanaugh’s three contentious years as White House Staff Secretary. Now, Chairman Grassley is sidelining the National Archives altogether and relying on a partisan operative to handpick what documents the American people will get to see — a hyper-conflicted lawyer who reported directly to Judge Kavanaugh in the Bush White House and who also happens to represent Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and White House Counsel Don McGahn in the Russia investigation. Unlike the transparent process outlined by the Presidential Records Act, which has been used for every nominee since Watergate, there will be no unbiased review or accountability to the American people.

This will mark the most partisan and least transparent vetting of a Supreme Court nominee in modern history.

Democrats have been repeatedly asking what Senate Republicans are trying to hide in Judge Kavanaugh’s record. Now Republicans are ensuring the American people will not find out. This is incompatible with our constitutional obligation to provide informed consent.This isn’t a vetting, it is an attempted coronation.

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