Merkley on Kavanaugh Confirmation: “A Dark Day”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Today is a dark day for America. An individual totally unsuited to the bench has been confirmed as a Justice, harming the integrity and the legitimacy of our Supreme Court and our entire judicial system.

“Over the last several weeks, I have heard from countless survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Many of these individuals saw their own stories reflected in the experiences of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. They were concerned that the Senate would not treat these brave women fairly, and they were right. The Judiciary Committee did not hear from a single one of the 28 witnesses they offered. The FBI, at the command of the White House, did not interview a single one either.

“This is a travesty of justice. The Senate Republican leadership, instead of setting a stellar example for all of America, has brought shame on our Senate and our nation. We must do better, far better.

“In addition, Brett Kavanaugh is unfit to serve based on his partisanship and his record of repeatedly bending and breaking the truth.

“Today’s outcome makes it that much more difficult to reclaim our We the People democracy—but let it be a call to action for every American who cares about saving government of, by, and for the people.”