BREAKING: Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) will "VOTE NO" on Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Confirmation
In a public released statement on Wednesday September 19th, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill stated that she will vote no on the Supreme Court Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Here statement is as follows:
"I have been thorough in examining Judge Kavanaugh's record. And while the recent allegations against him are troubling and deserve a thorough and fair examination by the Senate Judiciary Committee, my decision is not based on those allegations but rather on his positions on several key issues, most importantly the avalanche of dark, anonymous money that is crushing our democracy. He has revealed his bias against limits on campaign donations which places him completely out of the mainstream of this nation. He wrote, 'And I have heard very few people say that limits on contributions to candidates are unconstitutional although I for one tend to think those limits have some constitutional problems.'"
Going even further, McCaskill stated, "Judge Kavanaugh will give free reign to anonymous donors and foreign governments through their citizens to spend money to interfere and influence our elections with so-called 'issue ads.' These issue ads are now flooding the airways in this nation to directly influence election outcomes, drowning the concept of individuals having the strongest voice in our democracy. Judge Kavanaugh has clearly said that there should be literally no restrictions on these ads. He has called restrictions on these dark money issue ads 'blatantly unconstitutional.' And in a court opinion, he went out of his way to say that foreign nationals weren't restricted from creating or contributing to these ads - even when that wasn't the issue before the court. A Russian company that has been indicted for election interference is currently using Judge Kavanaugh's opinion to argue their innocence. While I am also uncomfortable about his view on Presidential power as it relates to the rule of law, and his position that corporations are people, it is his allegiance to the positions that unlimited donations and dark anonymous money, from even foreign interests, should be allowed to swamp the voices of individuals that has been the determining factor in my decision to vote no on his nomination."
McCaskill referenced two emails sent from Brett Kavanaugh to Helgard C. Walker (March of 2002), and several legal rulings, Bluman v FEC, 800 F. Supp. 2d 281 (2011) and Concord Management's Motion to Dismiss (July of 2018) throughout her statement.
Senator Claire McCaskill also voted against the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court back in 2017. Gorsuch would later be approved and sworn in onto the bench of the United States Supreme Court. Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have been the only nominations that President Donald Trump has made to the high court during his Presidency. Stated below the statement she made, Senator McCaskill even with voting against Justice Gorsuch and will now, vote against Judge Kavanaugh, McCaskill has voted in favor of more than two-thirds of President Trump's Judicial Nominations since 2017 - nominations to lower courts.
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