Shea-Porter: Trump’s Comments on Dr. Ford Are Despicable, Why Is the White House Blocking the FBI Investigation?
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today released the following statement on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh and recent comments by President Trump regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford:
“I believe Dr. Ford. It has been excruciating to watch President Trump attack this brave woman for telling the truth. It is clear she is a credible, honest, and compelling witness. President Trump said he agreed with this until he couldn’t control himself anymore, and then he unleashed some of the most reprehensible statements of his presidency, statements that were truly despicable and mocked a victim of sexual assault. I am appalled, not only that he has not attempted to apologize for these unforgivable remarks, but that he sent his press secretary to the podium today to defend the indefensible.
“I am troubled that the President has interfered in the FBI background investigation in a manner that sought to predetermine its outcome. It appears that the FBI background investigation update that Senate Republicans belatedly allowed is woefully inadequate and incomplete. The FBI has still not interviewed either Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanaugh, and cannot possibly have followed all leads. President Trump and Senate Republicans must allow the FBI to fully investigate these allegations. There is no reason to rush this nomination through. Some things are more important than politics, and the Supreme Court is one of them.
“Judge Kavanaugh must not be confirmed to our nation’s highest court. Not only does his treatment of women disqualify him from the Supreme Court, but his wildly uncontrolled testimony before the Judiciary Committee and assertions of unfounded conspiracy theories show that he can never be a fair, impartial, and nonpartisan Justice. The demeanor he displayed shows he is unfit to be a judge, and his partisan attacks confirm his true background as a life-long political operative who will defend dark money in politics, erode women’s health care rights, and jeopardize the privacy rights of Americans. The Senate should not consent to President Trump, a man unfit for his own office, putting a partisan hack on the Supreme Court.”