The National Council of Churches (NCC) calls for the withdrawal of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. We believe he has disqualified himself from this lifetime appointment and must step aside immediately.
We note several reasons for this. During his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Kavanaugh exhibited extreme partisan bias and disrespect towards certain members of the committee and thereby demonstrated that he possesses neither the temperament nor the character essential for a member of the highest court in our nation.
In addition, his testimony before the Judiciary Committee included several misstatements and some outright falsehoods, some in relation to accusations of sexual misconduct. All citizens must be expected to speak truthfully when under oath, however, this is especially true for anyone who seeks a seat on the Supreme Court.- Advertisement -
Moreover, Judge Kavanaugh's extensive judicial and political record is troubling with regard to issues of voting rights, racial and gender justice, health care, the rights of people with disabilities, and environmental protections. This leads us to believe that he cannot be an impartial justice in cases that are sure to come before him at the Court.
Therefore the National Council of Churches calls for the withdrawal of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court immediately.
Here is the Heitkamp video from today:
Here is her statement in the form of a tweet off her Senate website:
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has made up her mind on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination: She'll vote no, she announced Thursday.
In a statement, Heitkamp said that Kavanaugh's behavior at last Thursday's Senate Judiciary hearing called into question his "temperament, honesty, and impartiality." She praised Christine Blasey Ford for "coming forward," cited her past work implementing the Violence Against Women Act as the state's attorney general, and asserted that she's "ready to work with the President" to confirm a different nominee.
Heitkamp was one of only two Senate Democrats who hadn't already announced they'd oppose Kavanaugh. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the other, and he has not yet announced his position.- Advertisement -
Republicans don't need any Democrats to confirm Kavanaugh. All they need is to unite 50 of their own 51 senators. So all eyes are on the few remaining undecided Republicans: Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).
The vote could have major ramifications for Heitkamp, who represents a state Donald Trump won by a 35-point margin. Polls already suggest Heitkamp is the most endangered Senate Democrat on the ballot next month -- she's consistently trailed her challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R).
Cramer has gone further than many other Republicans in trying to minimize the allegations against Kavanaugh. He hasn't just suggested Ford is misremembering -- he's said it wouldn't matter so much even if it had happened.