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American Bar Association Urges F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:50am
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American Bar Association Urges F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh

https://nyti.ms/2NMNqFZ



Executive Summary:

The bar association urged that senators vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination “only after an appropriate background check into the allegations made by Professor Blasey and others is completed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the letter said.

The call for a pause is significant not just because of the bar association’s clout in the legal community, but because an A.B.A. committee had said unanimously a month ago that Judge Kavanaugh was “well qualified” for the Supreme Court, its highest possible designation.

Judge Kavanaugh and his supporters had noted that distinction in arguing for his nomination to be approved by the Senate.

The request for an investigation was made out of respect for the rule of law and due process, Mr. Carlson wrote.

“The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and the facts by the F.B.I.,” he wrote.

“Each appointment to our nation’s highest court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” the letter added. “Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court.”

I was both surprised and disappointed when Kavanaugh repeatedly refused to answer the question of whether or not he wants an FBI investigation and instead repeatedly went off on tangents but would not say yes or no.

At one point Graham tried to bail out Kavanaugh by interrupting the other Senator asking the question but the chair had to slap him down until his turn came at which point Graham went into an enraged rant that had nothing to do with the FBI question.

I say surprised and disappointed because I think anyone in Kavanaugh's position, if they are innocent, would welcome at this point a deep vetting targeted at the Ford allegation by the FBI to exonerate themselves.

Not only for their own sake, but for the sake of their spouse, children, and other family members and friends.

Being approved by the Senate is a hollow victory at best if the Ford allegation is not brought to closure which is what an FBI investigation would provide for the open minded.

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