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Congressional Black Caucus opposes Kavanaugh Senate confirmation
Urge rejection based on civil rights, Mueller probe
Published Friday, September 7, 2018 3:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Black lawmakers oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to reject Kavanaugh for his views on voter suppression, police brutality, and search and seizure. The caucus also pointed that Kavanaugh should be disqualified for his previously stated opinion that sitting presidents should not be exposed to criminal prosecution as a threat to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“Plain and simple, courts matter, especially the Supreme Court – the highest court in the land,” said CBC Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat, in a statement. “But for the Supreme Court, African Americans wouldn’t be able to attend integrated schools, buy a home previously owned by a white person, or sleep at certain hotels. This is what is at stake for our community every time a president gets to nominate a Supreme Court justice.

“Based on the CBC's review of Judge Kavanaugh’s record, his jurisprudence would likely make the Supreme Court more conservative than it already is, and threaten policies and protections that allow African Americans and other marginalized communities to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee has revealed clearly drawn lines on both sides of the aisle. Democrats criticized Republicans for the late release of documents related to the candidate’s court record, while Republicans scolded committee Democrats for revealing confidential documents restricted to the Judiciary panel.

“In considering Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, we are asking the Senate to focus particularly on the views of the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus for a reason,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C., Chair of the CBC Judicial Nominations Task Force. “Throughout our country’s history, African Americans have been more dependent on the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of their rights than any other Americans. We have carefully reviewed Judge Kavanaugh’s record and, as our letter documents, have good reason to believe his views as a justice would imperil the rights that African Americans have fought for and still must fight to achieve.”

Republican Nation Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel praised Kavanaugh’s performance during the hearing while blasting Democrats for their criticism.

“Senate Democrats used every desperate political attempt this week to try and derail Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, more interested in grandstanding than taking this process seriously,” she said. “In spite of their antics, Judge Kavanaugh performed with flying colors, proving he’s exceptionally qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. It’s time for Democrats stop their theatrics and work with Republicans to quickly confirm him as our next Supreme Court Justice.”

However, Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, joined the CBC and civil rights in criticizing Kavanaugh’s record and opinions, as well as GOP support for his nomination.

“Despite Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, we remain extremely concerned that the Republican leadership has continued to move forward with this hearing without fully vetting Judge Kavanaugh’s record,” she said. “We are now even more concerned that if he is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will most certainly roll back the gains made over the past 50 years, including civil rights, worker’s rights, a woman’s right to control her own body, affirmative action, protection of the Affordable Care Act and more.”  

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