WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement following the announcement that Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has scheduled a confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on September 4, 2018:
“Chairman Grassley’s cherry-picked approach to disclosure of Judge Kavanaugh’s record and rush to schedule premature hearings raises questions about the integrity and politicization of the process. It is alarming that Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing comes weeks before the National Archives will have the opportunity to release to the public select, though not complete, records from his time at the White House.
“This process is now starting to bear the markings of the administration’s now-defunct Election Integrity Commission in its lack of balance, absenceof transparency, and swift attempt to achieve a predetermined agenda.
“For any judicial nominee, the evaluation process should be open and transparent and this is especially true for vacancies on our nation’s highest court. We condemn any attempt to railroad a nominee on to the Supreme Court and urge disclosure of Kavanaugh’s full record in advance of any hearing.”
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will, consistent with its long-standing practice, issue a full report regarding the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. We urge the Senate to fully scrutinize and exhaustively examine Judge Kavanaugh’s record.