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Washington Post editorial board calls for 'no' vote on Supreme Court nominee for first time in over 30 years

Washington Post editorial board calls for 'no' vote on Supreme Court nominee for first time in over 30 years

The Washington Post editorial board called for the Senate to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a move it has not made since 1987. 

"Enough has been learned about his partisan instincts that we believe senators must vote 'no,'" The Post editorial board wrote in a new piece published Thursday night. 

"We do not say so lightly. We have not opposed a Supreme Court nominee, liberal or conservative, since Robert H. Bork in 1987."

The editorial board went on to state its issues with Kavanaugh as a nominee, adding that one element of the saga over his potential confirmation has been forgotten among the sexual misconduct allegations he faces. 

"Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee refused to ask for all the potentially relevant documents from his time serving in the George W. Bush White House," the board writes. "The reason was not principled but political: Though they had kept a Supreme Court seat vacant for most of 2016, they wanted to ram through Mr. Kavanaugh before this year’s midterm elections."

The board also noted Kavanaugh's indulged in "hyperpartisan rhetoric" against the left in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. 

It noted how Kavanaugh said Democratic opposition against his confirmation was “revenge on behalf of the Clintons."

"He provided neither evidence nor even a plausible explanation for this red-meat partisanship, but he poisoned any sense that he could serve as an impartial judge," the board writes, adding that the doubts give concern to his independence from President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE

Among other things, the board said it wishes the "FBI had been allowed to probe Kavanaugh’s credibility more fully." It also supported Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accusing him of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s, as a "credible witness with no motivation to lie."

"The reason not to vote for Mr. Kavanaugh is that senators have not been given sufficient information to consider him — and that he has given them ample evidence to believe he is unsuited for the job," the board concludes. "The country deserves better."

The editorial comes as the Senate is set to move ahead with a key procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday.