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Congressman David Price Issues Statement on Kavanaugh Confirmation

October 9, 2018
Press Release

RALEIGH, N.C. - Today, Congressman David Price (D-NC) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I’m deeply disappointed by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. From the start, we’ve known Brett Kavanaugh was an extremely partisan judge, handpicked by ideological interest groups hellbent on undermining voting rights, unions, environmental protection, and reproductive freedom. In addition, Judge Kavanaugh’s views on executive authority underscore the urgent need for Congress to protect the special counsel investigation.

The examination of Judge Kavanaugh was hampered from the start by the White House’s refusal to release highly relevant records from his political service. Senators Leahy and Durbin in particular cited instances where he had been less than truthful. And then came several credible claims of sexual misconduct. Asked to respond to these charges, he displayed a remarkable lack of judicial temperament, attacking Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee and alleging political conspiracies against him. 

Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation is a tremendous step backward for an independent judiciary, an impartial confirmation process, and a thorough examination of the background of nominees. Furthermore, President Trump and Senate Republicans have sent a message to would-be sexual aggressors that their misconduct may well go unpunished, and to victims that they may not only be ignored, but actually publicly ridiculed.”