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More Lies About Brett Kavanaugh

In the six weeks since Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was announced, we have seen very little from Democrats in the way of substantive critiques of his professional qualifications or his 300-plus written opinions.  Instead, Democrats—led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer—are resorting to misrepresentations and outright lies about both Kavanaugh and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vetting process leading up to the hearings set for September 4-7.

This is the first in a series of posts I will write today addressing three such bad-faith attacks that Democrats are currently drumming up.  The first such attack relates to the documents produced to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  This is unarguably the most transparent and thorough document production for a Supreme Court nominee in history, and Democratic claims to the contrary are just a transparent attempt to slow-walk the nomination.

Second, Democrats are misleadingly suggesting that Kavanaugh was involved in the development of post-9/11 policies authorizing enhanced interrogation techniques.  This is simply untrue, and neither the accounts of those who worked with Kavanaugh nor the documents produced to date support this claim.

The third and latest attack on Kavanaugh is a claim that he misled the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his involvement in the White House’s nomination of Charles Pickering to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals on the Fifth Circuit.  Once again, this is claim is patently false.

I will address all three attacks on Bench Memos, so continue to watch this space.

Immediately following the Kavanaugh announcement on July 9th, Senator Schumer vowed that he would oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination “with everything that I’ve got.”  This appears to be the only truthful statement that Schumer has made this summer.

**8/18/2018 Update**

I’ve updated this post to include links to my three responses:

Democrats Demand Documents to Distract and Delay

Senate Democrats Embarrass Themselves with Their Own Interrogation About Interrogation

Brett Kavanaugh and the Pickering Nomination: The Real Story 

Carrie Severino — Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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