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Oct 16 2018
07:58 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

October 15, 2018

Dear Michael,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the best parts of our democracy is the ability of its citizens to freely express their opinions to their elected representatives, and I take your views and comments very seriously.

When I reviewed the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) reports, I saw that 150 people had been interviewed over 25 years about Judge Kavanaugh. All of these individuals had been asked specifically the question of whether they saw any evidence of alcohol abuse, and every single one said no. There was no evidence of sexual impropriety. Dr. Ford did seem credible to me, but no one except Dr. Ford remembers the alleged incident, and the other four people Dr. Ford said were there either don't remember it or said it didn't happen. Our country is well served by the legal concept of “innocent until proven guilty” and after reviewing the seven FBI background checks, I found no evidence to substantiate any claims against Judge Kavanaugh.

I decided to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh because of his 26 years of distinguished public service and his reputation as a superior jurist, lawyer and teacher. It would be fundamentally unfair and a dangerous precedent not to confirm him because of an uncorroborated alleged sexual assault 36 years ago.

The United States Senate should deal with presidential nominations in a much better way than we've dealt with this. We have victimized Dr. Ford and her family, and we have victimized Judge Kavanaugh and his family. This is not the way things should be, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican or a woman or a man. I hope you will read the speech Senator Susan Collins made on the Senate floor on Friday, October 5, 2018. Senator Collins said: “In our intense focus on our differences, we have forgotten the common values that bind us together as Americans.” I hope that senators and all Americans think about what she said.

Thank you again for sharing your views with me. Our country has serious problems to solve, and I will continue to work hard in the Senate to get things done for Tennesseans and for our country.

Sincerely,
Lamar

michael kaplan's picture

PS

In my letter to Lamar, I didn't mention Dr. Ford or her allegation.

xmd's picture

Yeah, I got the same letter

Yeah, I got the same letter back and also did not mention Dr. Ford. I only mentioned the way he handled himself during the testimony and his extreme partisanship. No mention of that in my letter.

michael kaplan's picture

Yes, maybe we should remind

Yes, maybe we should remind Lamar that he didn't address our concerns ...

Nothing back from Corker.

xmd's picture

I got my Corker letter today.

I got my Corker letter today. It looks like Lamar and Bob just copied each others letter. I asked both of them the same question. Sad to say the least.

michael kaplan's picture

Yes, similar letter from Corker

October 17, 2018

Dear Mr. Kaplan,

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.

As you know, the Constitution grants the president the power to make nominations to the Supreme Court with the advice and consent of the Senate. Like you, I believe it is extremely important to ensure that our Supreme Court justices are highly qualified and make decisions rooted in the law rather than based on personal or political beliefs.

Women have suffered injustices for decades, and I believe those who come forward with allegations of sexual assault deserve to be heard. I was one of the first members of the Senate to call on the judiciary committee to delay the original vote on the nomination so that both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh could provide additional information. While both individuals provided compelling testimony, nothing that was presented in their testimony nor the additional supplemental FBI background investigation corroborated Dr. Ford’s allegation.

For more than 12 years, Judge Kavanaugh served honorably on the federal bench, hearing critical cases before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a well-respected jurist who understands the importance of upholding the Constitution and applying the law in a fair and independent manner. There is no question that Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and in a different political environment, he would have been confirmed overwhelmingly. I was proud to cast a vote to confirm.

Thank you again for your letter. I hope you continue to share your thoughts with me.

Sincerely,

Bob Corker
United States Senator

Treehouse's picture

Me too

And they don't care.

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