Tuesday on the floor of the Senate Chambers, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) called for a fair process ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh this week.
Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found above.
“We need a fair process. We need not to assume somebody is guilty because an allegation has been made.”
“I firmly believe that a fair process means that both the accuser and the accused should be required to provide information to the Congress, to the Senate, to the Judiciary Committee under the same conditions.”
“We have really done everything we possibly can, acceded to every reasonable demand being made by Dr. Ford and her lawyers, to give her an opportunity to be heard. We welcome – we welcome – her testimony, and we will listen to her at the hearing.”
“So far this process has been patently unfair, both to Dr. Ford and to Judge Kavanaugh.”
“As a result of the way this was handled by the ranking member, her letter, which she requested remain confidential, and her complaint, which she requested remain anonymous, was leaked to the press, a media firestorm ensued, and I’m confident this is not what Dr. Ford wanted.”
“It’s important that Dr. Ford be given the chance to talk about what she believes happened to her. We are in the middle of an important national conversation about sexual assault and how certain people in positions of power wield their influence to coerce and intimidate women, in the workplace and at large.”
“The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I believe, has done an extraordinary job under very difficult circumstances. He has been extraordinarily gracious in trying to accommodate Dr. Ford.”
“Let’s not lose sight of why Judge Kavanaugh was nominated in the first place: his qualifications and the respect that he enjoys from all of those who have interacted with him professionally and personally. His work has been praised by legal practitioners and scholars alike.”
“We will try our best to get to the truth this week. We will listen carefully. But we will remember all of the evidence, and then we will vote on whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.”
Then, at a press conference, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) stressed the importance of a fair process in advance of this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.
“As the father of two adult daughters, as I’m approaching this hearing, I’m thinking, ‘I want to make sure I treat Dr. Ford the same way my daughters would be treated in the event they were making an accusation, or my mother, or my wife.’ To me that’s, I think, the appropriate way for me to think about it.”
“So I think that’s important to keep in mind, that we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the way that this letter was mishandled, and we must insist on a fair process for everyone involved.”
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.