Butterfield Statement on the Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court

Oct 6, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is the disturbing culmination of a long-time conservative legal movement and a Republican majority so hell-bent on advancing their agenda that they rammed through a Supreme Court nominee amid disturbing allegations that have yet to be fully addressed or investigated and serious questions about his judicial temperament.  

“In moving forward with a confirmation to a lifetime seat on our nation’s highest court, there should not be unresolved questions surrounding a nominee’s past conduct or his judicial temperament.  The sexual assault allegations brought forward by Dr. Blasey Ford and others against Judge Kavanaugh and the partisan fury he displayed at last Thursday’s hearing raise very serious questions about Judge Kavanaugh’s honesty, temperament, and ability to be an impartial justice.

“I am extremely disappointed in the Senate’s decision to confirm Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.  Now more than ever, our country needs a Supreme Court justice who will rise above ideology, protect the rights of all Americans, and preserve our system of checks and balances by stopping presidential abuse of executive power.  Unfortunately, nothing in Judge Kavanaugh’s record or past have shown he will be such a justice.”