Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh
(Washington D.C.) - Congressman Albio Sires’ statement on the most recent appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States, following a 50-48 vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh:
“Today’s vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice was frustrating and disappointing. The vote happened without a thorough FBI investigation into numerous accusations of sexual assault. Dr. Ford deserved to have her story heard without prejudice and even though the FBI did not speak to her during their investigation, I commend her for all she has done for survivors of sexual assault.
Anyone nominated to the highest court in the land should be held to an equally high standard. Both before he was nominated and throughout the confirmation process, Brett Kavanaugh displayed blatant partisan behavior unbefitting of a Supreme Court Justice.
I am extremely concerned that this confirmation will forever change the very nature of the Court. The Senate was entrusted with protecting the nonpartisan independence of the judiciary, but instead they rushed through the process to confirm a political actor. We must do better and work to ensure that our institutions protect the values that they were founded on.”