Judge Brett Kavanaugh learned a lesson from his weak appearance on Fox News last week. Testifying at the September 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on sexual assault allegations leveled against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh became belligerent and aggressive. Displaying outrage at the process, he portrayed himself as the victim and painted a conspiracy against him by the Democrats, the Clintons and left-wing opposition groups.
The GOP-led Senate is on a fast track to get Kavanaugh confirmed before the November 9 midterm elections. Republican senators have resisted an FBI investigation into allegations that Kavanaugh committed sexual assault against at least three women.
When queried by several Democratic senators, Kavanaugh refused to say he would support an FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations against him.
Following the hearing, the American Bar Association (ABA), which had unanimously rated Kavanaugh “well qualified,” urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the confirmation process until a full FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh can been completed.
“Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” ABA president Robert Carlson wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein. “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.”
The ABA’s admonition was ignored. Republicans plowed ahead, with the Senate Judiciary Committee voting along party lines to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor. The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week. But Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) stated he would vote “Yes” on the Senate floor only after an FBI investigation lasting no more than one week on the allegations against Kavanaugh.