Durbin calls for delay in Kavanaugh vote

Durbin calls for delay in Kavanaugh vote
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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) late Saturday called for a delay to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying that “there are far too many questions swirling around this nomination.”

“I am calling on Senate Republicans to delay next week’s Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” the No. 2 Senate Democrat wrote in a tweet.

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“The American people deserve to know who Judge Kavanaugh is, but Republicans are trying to rush through this nomination while concealing critical parts of the nominee’s record,” he added in another tweet. “There are far too many questions swirling around this nomination.”

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have pressed for the release of documents from Kavanaugh’s work as a staff secretary for former President George W. Bush and more than 100,000 pages of documents that the Trump administration asked to withhold.

Republicans so far have blocked those efforts.

Democrats have also accused Kavanaugh of misleading the Senate Judiciary Committee during his committee hearing earlier this month as well as during a hearing more than a decade ago for his confirmation to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

“Kavanaugh provided misleading or inaccurate answers to many questions,” Durbin wrote in another tweet Saturday. “And Republicans are hiding documents for 35 months when he was a top advisor to President Bush and worked on controversial issues like abortion, torture, warrantless wiretapping, and banning same-sex marriage.”

Durbin also said Saturday on Twitter that “we must respect and listen to survivors of sexual assault.” Kavanaugh was recently accused of sexual misconduct when he was in high school, an allegation he has denied.

“If the #MeToo movement has taught us anything, it is that we must respect and listen to survivors of sexual assault, regardless of the age of those involved or when the alleged attack took place,” Durbin said.