EXCLUSIVE: Pelosi releases statement on Kavanaugh confirmation
Following the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in a 50-48 Senate vote Saturday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted out a statement saying that “today is a profoundly heart-breaking day for women, girls and families across America.”
Pelosi vowed to file a Freedom of Information Act request “so that the public can see the FBI report transcripts” of the recently completed investigation by the FBI into the allegations made against him. In their report, the FBI reportedly stated none of the witnesses interviewed could back up the claims which had been launched against Kavanaugh during the last days of his confirmation process.
Rep. Pelosi after Kavanaugh confirmation: “Today is a profoundly heart-breaking day for women, girls and families across America. … I am announcing that I will file a Freedom of Information Act request so that the public can see the FBI report” pic.twitter.com/DPy43GtnJt
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Below is the full statement which Pelosi posted on her website Saturday:
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Republicans confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court:
“Today is a profoundly heart-breaking day for women, girls and families across America.
“Courageous women risked their safety and well-being to speak truth about this nomination. Tens of thousands more joined them to share their own harrowing stories of sexual assault, at great personal risk. Yet, Senate Republicans chose to send a clear message to all women: do not speak out, and if you do – do not expect to be heard, believed or respected.
“In purposely limiting the FBI investigation, it is clear the Republicans were not seeking the truth. They were seeking cover to do what they wanted to do anyway. To add insult to injury, they blocked the public’s access to the report. Their goal was to install a nominee on the highest court in the land who will put the President above the law, with no regard to the Constitution.
“Therefore, I am announcing that I will file a Freedom of Information Act request so that the public can see the FBI report, transcripts of the underlying interviews, instructions sent to the FBI from the White House, and any communications to the FBI from Senate Republicans regarding the scope of the investigation.
“The conduct of the Senate Republican Majority did violence to the reputation of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Supreme Court. We must proceed in a judicious manner to set the record straight and ensure that this never happens again.”
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