Can't we do better than this?
Republicans are rushing to confirm a lifetime appointment to our nation's Supreme Court in the wake of both credible allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and serious questions concerning his judicial temperament.
I hope you can take a moment to watch and share a speech I gave on the Senate Floor last night urging my colleagues to oppose this nomination.
VIDEO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) speaks out against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court, October 4, 2018.
I have already made it clear that I oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination based on the substance of his views and the broken process being used to rush his nomination through the Senate on a partisan basis. From the very start, Republicans have pushed this nomination through at a breakneck pace, hiding from the public Judge Kavanaugh's record and the dangerous consequences of his extreme views on many important issues. That willful blindness, the absence of a thorough vetting process, and the mad dash to hastily confirm their nominee at all costs before this fall's election has led us to the crisis we face today.
Even beyond what we could learn from a real investigation, there is already reason to doubt Judge Kavanaugh's credibility and his candor. Despite the fact that the White House tried to limit the scope of the FBI's work--so drastically that I wouldn't even characterize it an investigation--the FBI's report still manages to raise very serious questions about Judge Kavanaugh's truthfulness.
Moving forward on this nomination sends a harrowing message to women and girls all around the nation who have been victims of sexual violence. We must not toss aside a fair and impartial process in favor a hurried political endgame.
The integrity of the highest court in the land--and what we stand for as a nation--hangs in the balance.
United States Senator