Gillibrand reacts to Kavanaugh moving one step closer to confirmation

October 05, 2018 06:53 PM

COLONIE - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been outspoken in her opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination. She calls the process "exceedingly disappointing."

The senator was in Colonie Thursday afternoon, speaking to the annual New York State NAACP Convention.

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Though Thursday's vote only ended debate over Kavanaugh, many are now assuming he'll be confirmed on Saturday. That has some, including Gillibrand, speaking out against the process.

"So obviously this process has not been a fair one from the beginning having a hearing that was set up to be he said she said was never designed to get to the bottom of these allegations," Gillibrand said. "When they had the additional FBI review, they didn't actually allow for the questioning of all the witnesses who want to come forward."

Gillibrand isn't alone. At least 2,400 law professors signed a letter to Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Mitch McConnell asking them to reject the nomination. At least 18 of those signatures were from Albany Law School professors.

The professors took issue with Kavanaugh's demeanor before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Gillibrand agrees.

"It was so off-putting and inappropriate on every level, notwithstanding the anger and the disrespect he showed to female senators," Gillibrand said. "How he spoke over Senator Dianne Feinstein, how he questioned Senator Amy Klobucher, that is not appropriate for somebody who wants to be elevated to be a Supreme Court justice to earn a lifetime appointment."

Gillibrand believes Republican leaders mishandled the entire process by ignoring constituent's requests for a more thorough investigation.

"I think it's highly concerning and so I do hope the American people understand that what happened over these last few weeks is not normal and it's not OK," Gillibrand said.


Emily Burkhard

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