Blumenthal: Kavanaugh nomination should be withdrawn
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said on Tuesday that Brett Kavanaugh's nomination should be withdrawn, calling it a "stain" on the Supreme Court.
"I think the nomination should be withdrawn," Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters. "He has raised serious doubts about his credibility in his testimony already."
Blumenthal described Kavanaugh as "evasive" and "seemingly misleading," adding that the bar wasn't if he had assaulted someone, but his "credibly, trust, [and] integrity."
"This nomination will not only cast a shadow over Judge Kavanaugh if he were ever to be confirmed... it will also stain the United States Supreme Court irreparably," Blumenthal said.
Most Democrats, including Blumenthal, have voiced their opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination. Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoKavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight Chris Cuomo: Presumption of innocence didn't apply to Kavanaugh because it wasn't a court case Lindsey Graham hits Dem senator: 'The Hirono standard is horrific' MORE (D-Hawaii), a fellow member of the Judiciary Committee, quipped that Democrats would be "delighted" if Kavanaugh's nomination was withdrawn.
Republicans and the Trump administration have shown no interest publicly in withdrawing his nomination ahead of a high-profile hearing at the Judiciary Committee scheduled for Monday.
Trump dismissed a question about withdrawal as "ridiculous," and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump defends 0B US arms sale to Saudi Arabia Florida politics play into disaster relief debate O’Rourke faces pivotal point in Texas battle with Cruz MORE (R-Texas) said such a move would be a "travesty."
But speculation about whether Kavanaugh or the White House would withdraw his nomination has hit a fever pitch since Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser, publicly alleged that Kavanaugh held her down and tried to remove her clothes in the early 1980s when they were both in high school.
Kavanaugh has denied any wrongdoing.