By Madison Alworth
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is relieved the vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has been delayed, but she remains unconvinced the FBI’s investigation will yield clear enough results.
“I wish they had more time, but I am grateful that they have this time and that they are able to follow through,” Maloney said Monday in an interview on Cheddar.
The representative ー along with other women who attended last Thursday’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee ー was captured crying on camera during Prof. Christine Blasey Ford’s searing testimony.
“When she started testifying and telling a story that is one that I’ve heard from thousands of women, it was so sad to me,” Maloney said.
Maloney also said that she, like many others, was struck by Kavanaugh’s aggressive tone during his portion of the hearing.
“It was a very unusual and disrespectful hearing, and one where you question his judicial temperament,” she said.
President Trump ordered an FBI investigation on Friday into Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct at the request of the Judiciary Committee after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) recommended a one-week delay in the confirmation. Flake, who made a statement earlier in the day that he was a “yes” on the confirmation, made his dramatic reversal after being confronted in an elevator by two women who told their own harrowing stories of assault.
For Maloney, the two women represent something far greater.
“So never think that your voice and your opinion and your story can’t change the course of events,” she said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Monday that the Senate would vote this week on Kavanaugh’s nomination, but it is unclear precisely when the vote will take place. Maloney is certain that she doesn’t want Kavanaugh to be confirmed, but she doesn’t have a clear idea as to how the Senate will ultimately vote.
“How can you say what’s going to happen. Because we don’t know what this FBI investigation is going to bring to light.”
Her overall hope is that the decision is made on a bipartisan basis ー but it’s unlikely, considering the confirmation process has operated along sharp party lines.
“This is one of the most important positions in our country. They will be making decisions for millions of people, for their rights, for the direction of the country. It’s incredibly important,” Maloney said.
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