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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

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Norton Statement on the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Jul 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Judicial Nominations Task Force and a constitutional lawyer who argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, issued the followed statement on President Trump’s announcement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia as his nominee to the Supreme Court.

“I believe that Judge Kavanaugh was selected because he had the longest record of conservative opinions, because he had an additional interview with Vice President Mike Pence—and had clerked for Justice Kennedy—and because of the law review article he wrote in 2009.  In that article, Kavanaugh argued that Presidents should not be subject to civil or criminal investigations while in office.  Senate Democrats and Americans across the nation now must mount a robust campaign against this nominee, whose record is extreme and whose decisions would roll back the many civil rights and other protections Americans have fought to achieve during the past five decades.”