Sen. Amy Klobuchar criticizes Republican colleagues as Kavanaugh vote looms

September 28, 2018

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday that she would vote against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as she criticized the process in the Senate Judiciary Committee as not normal.

Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, criticized the Republicans who control the committee for moving too quickly amid allegations against sexual assault against Kavanaugh buy Christine Blasey Ford and other women.

We have someone who made a credible claim, Klobuchar said. Where is the bravery in this room? She also asked her Republican colleagues: What are you hiding?

Klobuchar and other Democrats on the Judiciary panel have been demanding that the FBI be authorized to reopen its investigation into Kavanaugh in the face of the allegations by Ford and several others. She said the FBI should be given a short finite period in which to make further inquiries even just a week, Klobuchar said.

Calling Fords claim credible and referring to that and other allegations, Klobuchar said: This is not he said, she said. This is he said, they said. She also raised concerns about Kavanaughs views of presidential powers given that he was nominated by President Donald Trump.

Kavanaugh, Klobuchar said, was hand-picked by a president whos constantly undermining law enforcement, constantly undermining the FBI. She said Trump picked a nominee who has the most expansive view of executive power that weve seen.

A day earlier, Klobuchars questioning of Kavanaugh earned national notice in an exchange about his drinking habits. When she asked Kavanaugh whether he had ever blacked out from drinking, he asked if she ever had. He later apologized to Klobuchar.

Klobuchar was unusually critical of fellow Republican senators for the process with Kavanaughs nomination, and claims by some that Democrats are playing politics in relation to the allegations against Kavanaugh.

When I heard this sanctimonious talk about some kind of political strategy, welcome to Exhibit A: Merrick Garland, said Klobuchar, referring to President Barack Obamas final Supreme Court nominee, who never received a confirmation hearing before Trump took office.

As GOP lawmakers on the committee remained supportive of Kavanaugh, U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, a Republican, released a statement Friday morning urging the judges confirmation. He represents a suburban swing district that is home to one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation.

This search and destroy mission to shred the reputation of another human being now appears stymied due to Dr. Christine Fords continued failure to corroborate her story, Lewis wrote in a statement.

He added: It should now be clear to anyone watching this entire, sad circus that if Democrats regain control of this country the societal glue that holds us all together will dissolve and in the process no individual will be safe from deliberate smears solely designed to attain political power, Lewis said. And neither will be their loved ones.

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