Durbin Admits That Dems Oppose Kavanaugh Nomination Because He Is Trump’s Pick

By Melanie Arter | September 4, 2018 | 10:25 PM EDT

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), in his opening remarks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be Supreme Court justice, said Tuesday that above all, the Democrats are opposed to Kavanaugh’s nomination, because he is President Donald Trump’s nominee.

Durbin defended the Democrats’ constant interruption of Chairman Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) opening statement to protest the GOP majority’s decision to still hold the hearing despite the fact that 42,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents were just released on Monday night as well as the Trump administration’s decision to use executive privilege to withhold 100,000 documents during Kavanaugh’s time as staff secretary for the Bush administration.

"This is a different hearing for the Supreme Court than I’ve ever been through. It’s different in what’s happened in this room just this morning. What we’ve heard is the noise of democracy. This is what happens in a free country when people can stand up and speak and not be jailed, imprisoned, tortured or killed because of it. It is not mob rule,” Durbin said.

Durbin expressed compassion for Kavanaugh’s children, who had to be escorted from the room due to the constant interruption of Democrats on the committee and protesters in the audience.

“There have been times when it is uncomfortable. I’m sure it was for your children. I hope you can explain this to them at some point, but it does represent what we are about in this democracy. Why is this happening for the first time in the history of this committee? I think we need to be honest about why it’s happening,” the senator said.

“But over and above all of those things is this: You are the nominee of President Donald John Trump. This is a president who’s shown us consistently that he’s contemptuous of the rule of law. He has said and done things as president which we’d never seen before in our history. He has dismissed the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he wouldn’t bend to his will,” Durbin said.

“He harasses and threatens his own attorney general on almost a daily basis in the exercise of his office, and I didn’t vote for Jeff Sessions, but I have to tell you, there should be some respect at least for the office that he serves in, and it’s that president who’s decided you are his man. You’re the person he wants on the Supreme Court. You are his personal choice, so are people nervous about this? Are they concerned about it? Of course they are,” he said.

“I’m sure there’ll be a shower of tweets some time later in the day harassing people in the cabinet, people in the White House, maybe even dismissing them. And maybe he’ll go after me again. Be my guest, but the point I’m getting to is if you wonder why this reaction’s taking place is because of what’s happening in this country,” Durbin said.

“There are many of us who are concerned about the future of this country and the future of democracy, and you are asking for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land where you will make decisions the deciding vote on things that’ll decide the course of history and where we are headed,” the senator said.

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