The American Bar Association is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the consideration of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into the sexual assault allegations that have roiled his nomination.
In a letter the American Bar Association sent out on Thursday, the organization said it is making the request to halt the consideration of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law,” siding with concerns voiced by Senate Democrats since Christine Blasey Ford’s uncorroborated decades-old allegations became public.
“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 facts by the FBI,” said Robert Carlson, president of the organization, in a Thursday night letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
“Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” Carlson wrote. “Deciding to proceed without conducting an 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.
“The comments are striking because the organization gave Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh himself touted that rating at Thursday’s emotionally-charged hearing where he denied Ford’s sworn testimony that he attempted to rape her when they were teenagers
Kavanaugh noted he was “thoroughly vetted” by the ABA.”For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament,” Kavanaugh said Thursday.
“That’s why I have the unanimous,
“Republicans have rejected Democratic calls for an FBI probe and are planning to hold a committee vote Friday before moving the nomination to the floor this weekend.