Democratic Senators Maize Hirono, Kamala Harris, and Richard Blumenthal were among those who got up and walked on a Senate Judiciary committee meeting to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
Sen. Hirono on Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony yesterday: “It was so nakedly political. When he came up for his nomination hearing in 2006, there were a lot of concerns that he was a political operative, and he showed that in spades yesterday.” https://t.co/WBteDQMJWE pic.twitter.com/0NIDls67tv
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 28, 2018
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said:
“This Judiciary Cmte is no longer an independent branch of government…we are an arm, and a very weak arm, of the Trump White House. Every semblance of independence has disappeared.” @SenatorLeahy just now.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) September 28, 2018
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) called the whole process a sham and walked out:
Setting a vote on Kavanaugh less than 24 hours after yesterday’s testimony shows what a sham this process has been. I just refused to vote and walked out. https://t.co/F3sIHiJcrr
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) September 28, 2018
The Confirmation Of Kavanaugh Is All On The Republicans
Republicans have decided that they are going to ignore sexual assault and bulldoze Brett Kavanaugh on to the Supreme Court with a party-line vote, so they own the consequences. Brett Kavanaugh is their stain. Democrats are making it clear to the nation that Republicans are responsible for what they are witnessing.
Some of the senior Democrats stayed in the hearing because it is essential that the dissenting voices and the voices of sexual assault survivors be in the record of this hearing. If all Democrats had walked out, Republicans could have whitewashed the record. Some Democrats had to be at the hearing, but those Democrats who walked out did the right thing. The message has been sent.
The consequences of Brett Kavanaugh being on the Supreme Court will be owned by Republicans for decades to come.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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