Cloture Vote Today; Kavanauagh Defends HImself

This morning the SEnate will hold the key cloture vote which initiates the 30-hour countdown to a final floor vote. 

Yesteday, Kavanaugh offered his final defense in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, saying, "I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is essential to our constitutional republic."

He then wrote extensively on his demeanor during the show trial...

I testified before the Judiciary Committee last Thursday to defend my family, my good name and my lifetime of public service. My hearing testimony was forceful and passionate. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me. At times, my testimony—both in my opening statement and in response to questions—reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of horrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character. My statement and answers also reflected my deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled.

I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.

Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good. As a judge, I have always treated colleagues and litigants with the utmost respect. I have been known for my courtesy on and off the bench. I have not changed. I will continue to be the same kind of judge I have been for the last 12 years. And I will continue to contribute to our country as a coach, volunteer, and teacher. Every day I will try to be the best husband, dad, and friend I can be. I will remain optimistic, on the sunrise side of the mountain. I will continue to see the day that is coming, not the day that is gone.

I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is essential to our constitutional republic. If confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.

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  • Dr. Larry Loffelmacher Loffelmacher
    commented 2018-10-06 13:07:25 -0400
    yes, I consider his judgement has always been for the constitution to guide his & hope for the USA,
  • Ben Falk
    commented 2018-10-05 14:10:43 -0400
    Absolutely agree. God bless you , Mr kavenauagh

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