Blumenthal Only Judiciary Dem to Refuse to Schedule Meeting With KavanaughAugust 24, 2018
The senior senator is taking a harder line than most Senate Democrats, by refusing to even schedule a meeting with the Supreme Court nominee.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Thursday he will not meet with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, taking a harder line than most of his Senate Democratic colleagues in refusing to even schedule a meeting with the Supreme Court nominee.
Even as fellow Democrats, like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee members, meet with Kavanaugh, Blumenthal became one of only two Senate Judiciary Democrats to refuse to meet with Kavanaugh.
Blumenthal used strong language, too, saying a meeting with Kavanaugh would be an “empty” and “deceptive charade.”
The Washington Examiner reported:
Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement he hadn’t been planning to meet privately with Kavanaugh and “certainly will not” do so following the conviction of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, and guilty plea from Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney.
“This meeting would be an empty, deceptive charade after his evasive and meaningless answers to my colleagues,” Blumenthal said.
Blumenthal’s statement that he never planned to meet with Kavanaugh also puts him at odds with the only other Senate Judiciary Democrat who’s not meeting with the Supreme Court nominee. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) had a meeting with Kavanaugh scheduled for Thursday, but canceled after guilty convictions for former Trump aide Paul Manafort and guilty pleas from Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.
All other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee – Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) – have met with Kavanaugh.
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