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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

Jayapal Responds to the Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh

October 6, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement:

“Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘We go ahead together or we go down together.’ Today, it is clear the party of Donald Trump wants us to go down together, ramming through a Supreme Court nominee at the expense of the legitimacy of our highest court and public trust.

“They could have chosen another nominee. They could have let a full investigation find out all the facts. Instead, for the first time in our modern history, the Senate has confirmed an individual whose relevant documents were not released to the public and who has, at best, misled the Senate about his involvement in critical issues such as warrantless surveillance and past judicial confirmations.  Worse still, this nominee has a giant asterisk next to his name around the multiple sexual assault allegations against him.  In the end, his overt partisanship, belligerence and disrespect during his last hearings were shocking and made it clear that he is simply not fit to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.

“His confirmation, opposed by a plurality of the American people, undermines the reputation, credibility and, ultimately, the success of the highest court of this land.  

“In the past week, at the White House’s apparent direction, FBI investigators did not even speak to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. I was moved to tears by her deeply credible and brave testimony. Her courage will continue to be an inspiration to survivors across the country.  Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation today is, simply, a slap in the face to all the women across our country who simply have not been believed for so long.  Today, to those survivors of sexual assault who are weeping and despondent, I send courage and strength.  Do not lose hope.  Your experiences are real, your pain and stories are part of the tapestry of injustice that only calls us even more strongly to work together for justice and rise up—together. 

“As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I will do everything in my power to ensure full oversight and accountability—no matter what the US Senate does today.  We will never be deterred in the fight for justice that we can all believe in.”

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