Matsui statement on today’s Senate vote to send Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

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Washington, October 6, 2018 | comments

Washington, D.C. - “Today, I am deeply disappointed by the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the United States Supreme Court. 

I am concerned that this confirmation process will have a chilling effect on survivors of sexual assault coming forward.  We all witnessed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful testimony, yet by confirming Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans are sending a message to women, girls, and sexual assault survivors everywhere that their experiences and stories, while believable, don’t matter and are easily ignored.

We had an opportunity to get to the truth, but the Trump Administration severely limited the FBI’s investigation process.  Without interviewing key witnesses including, Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, it is hard to believe that these findings were comprehensive.  The FBI deserved the chance to investigate the allegations on their own terms, free of the restrictions put in place by the White House.

Furthermore, I believe Judge Kavanaugh’s temperament throughout his testimony raises questions about his ability to be an impartial Justice.  Rather than an evenhanded and thoughtful approach, Judge Kavanaugh’s remarks were highly partisan and unbecoming of any Supreme Court Justice.  

The American people deserve a better confirmation process and a better Supreme Court Justice.  The confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is a significant setback for the people of California and our country, particularly with regards to affordable health care and to the constitutional rights of women.  I will continue to fight for and defend these rights for all Americans.”


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