Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) railed against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process at a Thursday meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Blumenthal interrupted Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) early in Thursday’s meeting in an effort to force a vote on a motion to adjourn the proceedings.
“We lack the time, we lack the documents, and we need witnesses before we can proceed further with this meeting, Mr. Chairman,” Blumenthal said.
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After a quick back and forth and a call for “regular order” from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Grassley recognized Blumenthal and allowed him to speak.
“We have an even more urgent and pressing duty to get those documents, and have witnesses after we do the documents, that would enable us to evaluate the serious concerns that have been raised as a result of the evasive and seemingly misleading answers given to us at the hearing,” Blumenthal argued.
Blumenthal argued that his earlier attempts to move to adjourn the hearing had been proper and should have been considered for a vote by the committee.
He further claimed that the entire nomination will be “tainted” because of how it was handled:
“This nomination’s going to be tainted. It will be stained by a badly broken process that has shattered the norms and broken the traditions of this committee. It has been rushed through to judgement in a highly partisan and unfortunately failed way.”
Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting ultimately ended with a vote to delay the committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for one week, the Washington Post reported. The committee vote is now scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 20.