After full consideration of all facts presented, I voted this weekend to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Kavanaugh is an extremely well-qualified nominee with a deep respect for the Constitution. His intellect and experience in the legal field will serve the Supreme Court well.
However, when someone comes forward with allegations of abuse or misconduct, they deserve to be heard. I appreciated that the Judiciary Committee took these allegations seriously and was committed to being transparent and following the precedented and necessary procedures to best evaluate these claims – including the decision to request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct an additional FBI supplemental background investigation.
I commend Dr. Ford for telling her story before the nation, and inspiring others to come forward. Judge Kavanaugh also deserved the opportunity to defend his character, and he categorically denied these allegations. Throughout this process, I have been deeply saddened by the treatment of both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh – and their families.
After the supplemental FBI background investigation was delivered to the Senate, I carefully reviewed the FBI’s report, as well as the findings from the independent prosecutor. No witness named by Dr. Ford or Ms. Ramirez corroborated the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. And there was no new information or evidence provided in the report that changed my earlier plan to vote for Judge Kavanaugh.