Sen. Whitehouse: 'Enormous Suspicion' That Kavanaugh Plotted With 'Special Interests'

By Susan Jones | July 10, 2018 | 11:29am EDT
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) suggests that Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court because of "assurances" he made to special interests. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Judge Brett Kavanaugh had to run a "special interest obstacle course, moderated by The Federalist Society," to become President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told a news conference outside the Capitol on Tuesday.

"There is enormous grounds for suspicion right now about this nominee," Whitehouse said, suggesting that Kavanaugh is where he is because of promises he made behind closed doors.

"As a committee, we need to understand what assurances were made to those special interests as this nominee ran that obstacle course that put him at the top of the list," Whitehouse continued:

You may say it is improbable that we are in a country where that question would need to be asked. But you can look at two dozen 5-to-4 decisions, partisan decisions of the United States Supreme Court, that inevitably and predictably decide in favor of Republican political interests at the polls and with dark money; and predictably decide in favor of big Republican corporate special interests both against accountability to their employees and against accountability to regulators.

We are going to look at what went on and what assurances were made that brought this name to the top of the list. And it has particular impact for regular Americans if there were assurances made that this nominee will repeal Roe v. Wade and take away a woman's right to determine her own reproductive future; and if he made assurances that he would support this administration’s position that protecting people's right to get health insurance, even with a preexisting condition, is something that is unconstitutional.

Those are vital questions, and we look forward to drilling into them. There is enormous grounds for suspicion right now about this nominee.


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