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Common Cause Calls for Delay of Kavanaugh SCOTUS Vote

WASHINGTON - Today, Common Cause called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its scheduled vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court in light of new allegations of sexual assault by the nominee. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Common Cause urged the committee to require Kavanaugh to testify under oath about the accusations. 

“Americans deserve to know the full truth about any nominee for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and the rush to confirm Brett Kavanaugh must cease until these deeply disturbing allegations are addressed by committee and by the nominee,” said Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn. “Like all survivors, Professor Ford deserves to be heard and treated fairly and respectfully. The abuse she detailed must not be ignored or swept under the rug to jam through a Supreme Court nominee.”  

“Common Cause has previously expressed strong concerns about any nomination to the Supreme Court by President Trump until the Special Counsel’s investigation is completed because the court will likely be asked to rule on matters related to that investigation, and any nominee would clearly face a conflict of interest.”

The letter emphasizes that that there is a massive information deficit about the nominee with millions of pages of relevant records withheld from the committee and from the American people. Even the document requested by committee chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have not yet been gathered and turned over to committee members for review.


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The letter stresses that there is too much at stake, and too many unanswered questions to rush through the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. A rushed confirmation runs the very serious risk of undermining public confidence in the Supreme Court the letter warns.

To read the full letter, click here.

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