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Congressman Price Issues Statement on Trump Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court

July 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (July 10, 2018) – On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, Congressman David Price (D-NC) issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“President Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh from a pre-approved list of ideologues prepared by right-wing advocacy groups. In outsourcing this decision, President Trump has advanced a hard-right judge who passed the litmus test of corporate special interests and the legal protection of the President himself. A successful confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh would threaten women’s rights, voting rights, unions, affordable health care, consumer protections, efforts to reduce gun violence, and minority communities for decades to come.

Additionally, President Trump ensured Judge Kavanaugh believes a sitting President should be immune from criminal investigations and prosecution, an opinion that presents a tremendous conflict of interest if and when the conclusion of the Special Counsel investigation reaches the halls of the Supreme Court.

I firmly believe that my colleagues in the Senate should follow the McConnell Rule: there should be no hearings on a Supreme Court nominee until after the American people’s voice is heard in November. With only seventeen weeks before a national election where one-third of the U.S. Senate is on the ballot, we should not rush the confirmation process for a partisan judge who will determine decades of jurisprudence in the highest court.”