Judicial Crisis Network on Sunday responded to the accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, questioning both the timing and the allegation made against him just days before the Senate is set to vote on his confirmation.
JCN's Chief Counsel and Policy Director Carrie Severino responded to a Sunday article in The Washington Post quoting Christine Blasey Ford, who says a drunken Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a party in 1982 when he was 17 and she was 15.
Severino pointed to letters from dozens of women who knew Kavanaugh at the time who said the actions were completely opposite of the type of person they knew him to be. Democrats, Severino said, are "doubling down on a strategy of character assassination" to prevent someone who follows the Constitution from being placed on the court.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who is the Judiciary Committee's ranking member, made known late last week that she had come into possession of a letter from a person who wished to remain anonymous, and that she had passed it along to the FBI to investigate.
Republicans and the Trump administration have criticized Feinstein's actions, noting that she had been made aware of the letter in July, but said nothing during her personal meeting with Kavanaugh or during the nominees hearing.
Here is Severino's statement in full:
"Judge Kavanaugh is admired in his church, in his community, and in his profession. Throughout his distinguished career in public service, he has undergone half a dozen FBI background checks, and never a whisper of misconduct. Until the eve of his confirmation. Sixty-five women who were his contemporaries during high school have all come out saying that Brett Kavanaugh was and is a man of character and integrity. Countless women who have known Brett Kavanaugh personally and professionally spanning three decades have all testified to his respect for women, his character, and his integrity. Furthermore, Senator Feinstein apparently did not believe the allegations were serious, credible, or relevant enough to share with the FBI or any other member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, even in the confidential background portion of the committee process. It doesn't add up. But what does add up is that Democrats are doubling down on a strategy of character assassination, seeking to destroy the life of a distinguished public servant for the sake of appeasing their base."
The Judicial Crisis Network says on its website it supports "legislative and legal efforts which oppose attempts to undermine the rule of law; unconstitutionally expand the power of government; politicize the enforcement of the law; threaten American sovereignty; supplant American law with foreign or international law; or bias the legal system on behalf of politically favored groups or individuals."
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