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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Mc Connell on Kavanaugh  CSPAN  July 12, 2018 8:44pm-8:54pm EDT

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joint press conference with tresa man president trump. live at 8:45 a.m. eastern on c-span2. >> earlier today senators came to the floor to speak about brett kavanaugh to be the next supreme court justice. we will start with the majority leader. >> the president made a superb choice. he chose to fill a place on the nation's highest court with one of the nation's brightest legal minds. judge brett kavanaugh brings unimpeachable academic credentials as a student and yell and a student at harvard. he has over a decade experience ruling from the nation's most consequential circuit court. along the way, he has earned the admiration and praise of his peers, legal professionals and political philosophies for his professional abilities and his
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experience as well as qualities that go beyond his resume. nevertheless, the incidence judge kavanaugh was announced, far left groups and some of our own democratic alex and the senate started pushing the same old scare tactic. more than a week before the nomination, one democratic senator explained on the news that president trumps nominee, whoever it was with threaten quote the destruction of the constitution. as far as i could tell the president had not even named his selection. already, our entire system of government was on its last leg. give me a break. and the senator serves on the judiciary committee. one left-wing group had a angry
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press release already to go. whomever the nominee would be, but after judge kavanaugh's nomination was announced they forgot to fill in his name. they had the press release ready with a big blank there and they forgot to fill in the name. so they wound up decrying all the terrible things that would happen if we confirmed the presence nomination of blank and they sent it out. so, madame president that kind of says it all. fill in the blank opposition. well, our democratic friends have learned judge kavanaugh's name by now. but the hysterical attacks have not gotten any less desperate or anymore sensible. no sooner are the silly attacks launched then they are beaten back by the facts. one of the flavors of the week
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was this outlandish claim them in a law review article he wrote ten or 20 years ago he supposedly said that sitting presidents cannot be held accountable under the law. some far left special interest claimed he said that. so did some congressional democrats. it was the perfect conspiracy theory. catnip for their far left base. the only problem is it was not true. people who actually looked at these articles note that judge kavanaugh does not reach legal conclusion on presidential accountability. if anything, he seems to arrive at the opposite conclusion of what they allege. professor noah feldman of harvard law school observed that from a legal and cons
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perspective judge kavanaugh was not saying the court should find that he should not be investigated or held accountab accountable, but to the contrary professor feldman observes that judge kavanaugh's logic seemed to apply that any president is open to being investigated and held accountable under the law. here's how he finished up his debunking of this unfair attack. this is what he said area and trying to oppose him on logically backward grounds doesn't serve anyone's interests. so fact checked her jumped on the mischaracterization. did he explain that judge kavanaugh scholarly articles contain the mainstream view on this constitutional question. democratic rhetoric has quote in extreme distortion of what he
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has written. let me sum that up. according to the washington post judge kavanaugh's analysis is mainstream. it's the distortions of his record by congressional democrats and special interest groups that are extreme. in a president, we are misrepresenting third director and character of a judicial nominee in order to achieve a political objective. we call it an attempt to abort the nominee. it refers to how judge robert bork was in the nine when people both inside and outside the congress blatantly and shamelessly distorted his record to claim that he did terrible things have confirmed to the supreme court. it's actually in the dictionary now, literally, his last name is in the dictionary as a verb.
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it means, this is what it means. to attack or defeat a nominee or nominee for public office on fairly through an organized campaign of harsh public criticism. to be bork. it is now in the dictionary. completely unfair vilification. looking back, most people agree now that this episode was grossly unfair, insulted the intelligence of the american people and steam to the history of the united states senate. jeffrey rosen was a democrat who worked in senator biden's office on the democrat side during that episode. here's what he wrote a few years ago. he said i remember feeling that
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the nominee was being treated unfairly. senator kennedy set the tone with the demagogy attack. bork's record was distorted beyond recognition. it was bad for the country. this was a man was a democrat who worked in the senator biden's office. and the lawyer who helped read lead that effort roaches last year, i regret to set i regret my part and what i now regard as a terrible political mistake. seized with guilt after all these years of having participated in this working. because of that episode he says that we have undermined public confidence in the judiciary. so, there is widespread and
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bipartisan agreement that trying to work judicial nominees is harmful toward democratic process and to our judiciary. judge kavanaugh's impressive record, impeccable credentials and his enormous bipartisan fan club of judicial peers all a test to the outstanding service he would render on the supreme court. i'm glad that outside fact checkers are swatting down democrats desperate attacks on his nomination. in a breaking news bombshell report last night, we learned that judge kavanaugh enjoys
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america's pastime, investigative reporters scoured his financial disclosure and learns that he and his friends buy tickets to baseball games and he pays his bills, as you can see, there's still plenty of silliness to go around. i urge all of my colleagues to treat his record truthfully, treat the confirmation process with the respect that it's in this institution in which we serve deserves. we need to act like responsible united states senators. going through a confirmation process in the united states. >> yesterday had the chance to meet with the pde

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