Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh has spent the past week in confirmation hearings, as the Senate prepares to confirm or reject his formal nomination. The confirmation process is simple. At this point in the process, senators are allowed to debate and question the nominee on their beliefs and qualifications, and it usually takes days to complete.
When Justice Kennedy stepped down, and this gave President Trump the ability to nominate his replacement, it was assumed that the Left would boycott and try and sabotage the individual without giving him or her a chance. With protests happening both in and outside of the hearings, the assumptions were confirmed. However, this isn’t the worst of it.
The worst of the protests during Kavanaugh’s hearings have been through Senator Kamala Harris’ antics.
In a video that went viral on Twitter and was aired on C-Span, Senator Harris asks Kavanaugh if he had any conversations about the Mueller Investigation with anyone at the law firm Kasowitz Benson and Torres. When Kavanaugh asked for clarification and specific names or a list of all the people that worked there, she claimed he should easily be able to answer the question without one. This was portrayed as a grand “gotcha” moment among the Left.
@SenKamalaHarris is BRILLIANT!
Kavanaugh wants us to believe he meets so many lawyers in so many law firms; how could he possibly keep track of one forgettable Mueller related discussion with one forgettable lawyer.
If his memory is that shoddy he's not worthy of being in SCOTUS.
— LeiliHana (@JumzyRau) September 6, 2018
He’s a liar and see how Mike Lee tried to save him. It was a simple question. The fact that he can’t give a straight answer shows he’s been bought and paid for.
— OGBlack (@VAKnightStick) September 6, 2018
The problem with this viral clip is that it wasn’t a “gotcha” moment at all. In no way was Kamala Harris “owning” Kavanaugh. She asked a very specific question, and through his responses, he was trying to answer it as honestly as possible.
That night he looked up the names of the people who worked there and was able to confidently answer the question the next day. Yet through her semantics and attitude, she acted as if he had blown it off and was unable to be honest with her.
The Supreme Court is supposed to be unbiased and judge based on the laws of the United States. As a judge, Brett Kavanaugh did not vote in elections or share his personal political opinions. In all ways (except the fact that Donald Trump nominated him), he doesn’t favor any side within the court system—he strictly believes in following the Constitution and laws of the country. When Senator Harris asks petty, nitpicky “gotcha” questions, she’s doing the court and her country a disservice.
In order to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat, senators like Kamala Harris need to look past what party nominated the judge, and focus on if he is qualified to fulfill the duties of the court. Being petty is a waste of time and takes away from the significance of the hearings. Personal opinions aside, if Kavanaugh meets the requirements of a Supreme Court justice, there should be senators who reach across the aisle and vote for his confirmation—Kamala Harris included.
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