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Home | Opinion | Video: Senator Cornyn ‘We Must Ensure a Fair Process for Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh’

Video: Senator Cornyn ‘We Must Ensure a Fair Process for Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh’

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.”

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Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

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10 comments

  1. Senator, I for one of thousands of citizens am ready for the vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh as the next Justice to the Supreme Court. Today’s news indicates that Mrs. Ford may not show for the hearing Thursday. Mrs Ford, her attorney and the dems want nothing more than to continue stalling this processs. We, the people deserve to be heard and deserve better than what we are getting from our elected representatives!!

  2. Fair? Like delaying Merrick Garland for more than 15 months? Fair? Like stacking the SCOTUS with conservatives? The GOP has no idea what fair is anymore. Turtle head McConnel needs to be put down.

    • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

      THE GOP MORE THAN SUCKS! the only way to find out about Brett Kavanaugh’s past is to get an FBI investigation going ASAP! BUT! the republican senate judiciary committee lead by old aging white men. The Same White men that were also involved in the Anita Hill/Clearance Thomas hearing, like Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley. Are refusing to allow an investigation by the FBI.
      But instead Mitch McConnell has hired a female lawyer, name unknown, to hold the hearing between Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine B. Ford. But they wont allow Debra Ramirez another one of Brett Kavanaugh’s SEX VICTIMS! This is NO VIRGINITY MATTER! FOR Brett Kavanaugh, this guy sucks and is GUILTY! Regardless! more important now more than ever before for democrats to retake both houses of congress in six weeks from now.Then let the republicans have their way with Brett Kavanaugh and confirm him to the Supreme Court. And only if the democrats win the senate. Open an FBI INVESTIGATION on Brett Kavanaugh! Two sexual abuser Judges on the Supreme Court is NOT RIGHT! So with democrat control the only solution is to IMPEACH Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump at the same time.
      Brett Kavanaugh is not only a would be known rapist, but he also lies like Donald Trump,known another rapist from back in the 1990’s of a teenage model girl.
      What’s with the lady above saying, We the people deserve to be heard! Russia’s your country women. But you’re right! WOMEN RAPE VICTIMS NEED TO BE HEARD!

    • Making threats against sitting members of congress?

      • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

        In your own delusional mind you BUTTBLASST Fat White Nationalist Supremacist Mad Mike! what threats, you LYING FOOL?

  3. I reside in Texas and strongly believe the confirmation hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be postponed until the FBI can thoroughly investigate claims by Dr Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. Without additional information into these claims the hearing tomorrow will devolve in a classic “he said, she said” scenario that will bring the committee no further the truth. Witnesses exist and should be brought to the Judiciary Committee, under oath, to avoid such a scenario. Mark Judge is a crucial such witness. There is NO legitimate reason why this hearing needs to conclude at any time in the near future. Refusal to postpone the confirmation process will cause severe damage to the Republican party and rightly so.

  4. Dr. Ford isn’t the only accuser. More very credible women have come forward because Brett Kavanaugh is truly a bad man. Senator Cornyn calls more women coming forward “a circus”. That’s because Senator Cornyn is also truly a bad man. (It’s hard to find a Republican who isn’t.) When he says “fair”, what he means is that the GOP is going to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court regardless of the evidence or what he actually did.

  5. OMG the insanity of the left is infuriating. Republicans need to grow some balls and stand up to the demongogany going on the Democrats are out of control and will stop at nothing.

    • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

      Why do you want someone to grow balls for? are you going to harvest them for the harvest moon or something? Why not try some Rocky Mountain Oysters instead? republicans are putting party before country. So that means that you don’t believe Ford. Well I do! she is credible.

      • Well Alberto, what are you going to do tomorrow, when Kavanaugh is confirmed to be the next Supreme Court Justice? Have one of your psychotic rants ?

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