News Release

Kavanaugh “Can’t Be Trusted”

[Former Senator Russ Feingold just wrote the piece “We Know Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied Already” for the Huffington Post.]

BOB SCHIFF, robertfschiff at
JEFF BERMAN, jeffberman at
LISA GRAVES, lisa at
Schiff served as chief counsel for Senator Russ Feingold; Lucius served as nominations counsel and staff director for Senator Patrick Leahy; Berman served as chief counsel for Senator Charles Schumer; Graves served as chief counsel for nominations for Sen. Leahy.

They just wrote the piece “Brett Kavanaugh Can’t Be Trusted. We Know Because We Worked as Counsel to Senators When He Was in the Bush White House” for Time magazine.

They write: “We watched the testimony of Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee with dismay and disbelief. His many misleading and false statements cast serious doubt on whether he should be confirmed to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. …

“This is not about the dance many nominees attempt in order to avoid expressing an opinion on legal issues they might face on the court. It is about a pattern of deceptive answers on a range of questions about his past activities and agenda to change our laws through the courts. We believe this deception, both earlier this month and in his 2004 and 2006 nomination hearings for the D.C. Circuit, was intentional.”

They give several examples, including: “At his first confirmation hearing in April 2004, Kavanaugh said he had never received material stolen from Democrats. He repeated that testimony in May 2006 under questioning by both Democratic Senators and Chairman Hatch.

“But emails released earlier this month, after originally being deemed ‘committee confidential,’ show that Kavanaugh was in frequent contact with [Manuel] Miranda and received material that had been stolen from the Senate Judiciary Committee server. These emails contradict his testimony under oath. …”