Fecteau: Postpone the Vote on Kavanaugh

After the moving and emotional testimony from Dr. Christine Ford and then the defiant tone from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump and his administration seemed to be disgracefully pushing for a Senate vote despite the mounting evidence against Kavanaugh. This is wrong and shameful.

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Dr. Christine Ford testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary committee.

After the moving and emotional testimony from Dr. Christine Ford and then the defiant tone from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump and his administration seemed to be disgracefully pushing for a Senate vote despite the mounting evidence against Kavanaugh. This is wrong and shameful.

Trump has thus been very supportive of embattled Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. That comes with a hefty price considering Trump’s history. Trump’s credibility is already tarnished because of the 13 women thus far who have accused him of sexual misconduct (Trump is not exactly the ideal person to speak about sexual misconduct especially after the Access Hollywood tape additionally).

Judge Brett Kavanaugh angrily refutes the allegations against him.

Trump has even embraced Kavanaugh’s combativeness saying in a Tweet: “Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”

No. The Senate doesn’t have to vote. The Senate can postpone its vote just like it did with Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination (Garland’s nomination was delayed for political reasons it should be noted). There is more than enough time for the FBI to investigate the charges. The Trump administration and its Republican allies don’t have an interest in a thorough FBI investigation because they are concerned this will become a political spectacle. This could cost them dearly in November – it already will.

This is politics at its ugliest. Putting what is best for the Republican Party before what is right for our country. It isn’t too much to ask to have an investigation into these very serious allegations. Kavanaugh is being nominated to one of the most powerful positions in the United States if not the world. Why can’t the vote be postponed until a proper federal investigation can take place? This is not too much to ask especially for the victims of sexual misconduct and Dr. Ford.

Matthew Fecteau
Matt Fecteau of Pawtucket, Rhode Island is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an Iraq War veteran. Send him email at Matthew.Fecteau@gmail.com
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