U.S. Senator Joe
Donnelly, D-Ind., today his opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination
to the Supreme Court.
The text of his
announcement in full:
“I do not view
Supreme Court vacancies through a partisan lens, which is why I have used
the same thorough process to evaluate nominees regardless of who the
president is at the time. That was the case regarding the nomination of
Judge Garland and also when I voted for Justice Gorsuch, who was President
Trump's first nominee. It has remained my approach with Judge Kavanaugh.
“As I have made
clear before, sexual assault has no place in our society. When it does
occur, we should listen to the survivors and work to ensure it never happens
again. That should not be a partisan issue.
“My job as a
Senator is to gather as much information as I can to make the best-informed
decision. The allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh are disturbing and
credible. In the interest of getting as much information as possible, I
believe the allegations should be investigated by the FBI.
despite having the time and opportunity to do so, Sen. McConnell has refused
to allow that FBI investigation. Even the American Bar Association, which
has previously rated Judge Kavanaugh as ‘well qualified,’ has called for an
FBI investigation, where we could learn more information and other potential
witnesses could be interviewed.
“I have deep
reservations about Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to this lifetime position
and, as I stated, we have been unable to get all the information necessary
regarding this nomination, despite my best efforts. Only 113 people have
ever served on the Supreme Court, and I believe that we must do our level
best to protect its sanctity.
“While I would
gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee
for this critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh's nomination
comes before the full Senate for a vote under these circumstances, I will