August 21, 2018

Senator Harris Statement on Meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement tonight after meeting with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States:

“Following his nomination, I made clear my opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has a record as a conservative ideologue instead of an unbiased jurist and was handpicked by special interest groups based on his support for overturning Roe v. Wade. Today, I sat down with Judge Kavanaugh to ask him a number of pointed questions about this nomination process and about his record. After that meeting, I remain convinced that he is a threat to the promise inscribed above the Supreme Court, “Equal Justice Under Law,” and disturbed by the hasty and incomplete process of this nomination.

“The decision to rush through this process without providing the Senate—or the American people—sufficient time or information to fully consider this nomination is unacceptable. Senate Republicans have blocked the release of millions of documents from Judge Kavanaugh’s career, giving the American people an extremely narrow view into what they would get from this nominee. As Judge Kavanaugh relayed to me in our meeting, with respect to judicial decisions, rushed decisions are often bad decisions. I agree. But this time, this is for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

“Furthermore, nothing in my meeting with Judge Kavanaugh changes my read of his record—he is well outside the mainstream and threatens hard won rights and protections for all Americans. Judge Kavanaugh has expressed his hostility to Roe v. Wade and his statements make clear he is a threat to the ACA. He has routinely sided with special interests and big corporations against civil rights, workers’ rights, and environmental protections. And with a President who regularly disregards the rule of law, it is especially troubling that Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly suggested that presidents should be above the law.

“This next Supreme Court Justice will impact adherence to the rule of law, the air our children breathe, how easily Americans can exercise our right to vote, and whether millions have access to healthcare. I will continue to strongly oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.”