We gave Mr. Kavanaugh an opportunity to prove that he was independent and impartial in spite of his partisan past. I personally noted that this was my chief concern with his nomination, and I know that my colleagues did the same. Mr. Kavanaugh refused to specify the issues and policies on which he would recuse himself—in spite of the fact that he was at the center of a number of executive policy directives in recent years.


His answers to our questions resembled political talking points more than they did the answers we would expect from a nominee to such a prominent lifetime position in the nation’s Judiciary. He has shown nothing to suggest that he will stand up to the President when his duties require it.


Mr. Kavanaugh is not qualified for this job. Even worse, his nomination is a harsh reminder of the partisan and ideological pressures that have marked many recent judicial nominations. His nomination seems little more than a crass Administration attempt to politicize the courts and provide a solid vote in favor of even the most extreme political tactics of the Administration. The federal courts need experienced, independent judges who can rise above their partisan beliefs and enforce the rights and guarantees of our Constitution and the rule of law.