Block the Kavanaugh SCOTUS Nomination - Sen. Feinstein

 

Senator Diane Feinstein

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Call Script

My name is __________. I am a constituent, and my zip code is _______. I am a member of Indivisible SF.

I want to thank the Senator for the strong stand she is taking to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice. I especially want to let Senator Feinstein know she has my full support regarding her decision to maintain the confidentiality of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the aftermath that has resulted from her letter having become public.

Last week's hearings were a complete sham perpetrated by a corrupt GOP on our nation and a complete offense to democracy and justice. Brett Kavanaugh's reprehensible behavior proved him unfit to serve on any bench, much less the Supreme Court.

I ask the Senator to publicly rebuke him for the following offenses:

1. Dismissing the multiple credible accusations of sexual assault and binge drinking brought against him;

2. His multiple lies throughout the proceedings, some of which may rise to the level of perjury;

3. His complete lack of basic anger management skills, combined with his belligerent, antagonistic behavior; and

4. His blatantly unapologetic partisanship, which is completely inappropriate for any judicial nominee.

While each of these four areas of concern should, by themselves, be disqualifying for any judge, taken collectively they demonstrate an overwhelming and complete lack of judicial temperament, inconsistent with an appointment to the highest court of the land. I ask the Senator to publicly rebuke him in the harshest terms possible. He is not fit to serve.


Background:
Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, has a record against women's reproductive rights, environmental protection, consumer protection, workers' rights and common sense gun safety. Most troubling of all, Kavanaugh has said that a sitting President should be exempt from criminal prosecution and investigation, including questioning by prosecutors and defense counsel.
 

  • Kavanaugh tried to block a 17-yr-old detainee's constitutional right to abortion. His decision was overturned on appeal.

  • He opposed a ban on semiautomatic rifles in the District of Columbia.

  • He consistently sides with big corporations against workers' rights and workplace safety.

  • He is hostile to environmental protection regulations and has hampered efforts to fight climate change.

  • He opposes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a watchdog agency to prevent mortgage meltdowns like 2007.


Kavanaugh supports an unprecedented level of power and immunity for the President.
 

  • Kavanaugh said that the President does not have to enforce a law if he believes the law is unconstitutional. In our system, only the courts decide if a law is unconstitutional--not the President.

  • He said that a sitting President should be exempt from criminal prosecution and investigation, including questioning by prosecutors or defense counsel. This means a President would not even have to answer questions about possible crimes while he is in office.


For all these reasons, Kavanaugh is unsuitable for an appointment to the Supreme Court and should be rejected. 

-- Report on Brett Kavanaugh, Vetting Room 
-- "How Brett Kavanaugh Will Gut Roe v. Wade," Slate 
-- "Where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands on key issues," CNN 
-- Letter against nomination by Yale Law School students and alumni, Newsweek 
-- "Brett Kavanaugh’s Journey to Becoming a Supreme Court Nominee," New Yorker
-- Senator Feinstein’s July 9th Press Release on Brett Kavanaugh, Press Release
-- Senator Feinstein to Lead Charge Against Kavanaugh Politico Article 7/14/18
-- Kavanaugh Dismisses 8-0 Supreme Court Ruling on Nixon, Bloomberg 7/21/18
-- Kavanaugh and Foreign cash in U. S. Elections, Article 7/21/18