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Jesuit Magazine: Kavanaugh’s Nomination Should Be Withdrawn

SCOTUS hopeful attended Georgetown Preparatory, making this a statement of note as legislators move toward voting

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The editors of the Jesuit publication America have called for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn, multiple sources including USA Today are reporting.

This is particularly significant because Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Preparatory, a Bethesda, Maryland, Jesuit high school (that school has issued a statement affirming its values in light of the accusations leveled against Kavanaugh).

The piece was published after Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a house party back in 1982, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

“Evaluating the credibility of these competing accounts is a question about which people of good will can and do disagree. The editors of this review have no special insight into who is telling the truth. If Dr. Blasey’s allegation is true, the assault and Judge Kavanaugh’s denial of it mean that he should not be seated on the U.S. Supreme Court,” the editors wrote.

“But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh’s name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country,” the editors continued. “While we previously endorsed the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh on the basis of his legal credentials and his reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the nomination should be withdrawn,” the group added.

“What is different this time is that this nomination battle is no longer purely about predicting the likely outcome of Judge Kavanaugh’s vote on the court,” the publication asserted.

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“It now involves the symbolic meaning of his nomination and confirmation in the #MeToo era.”

This is a reversal for the publication; in July, the magazine published a piece praising President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, noting Kavanaugh’s pro-life stance, noted The Hill.

“Judge Kavanaugh is a textualist who is suspicious of the kind of judicial innovation that led to the court’s ruling in Roe. That decision removed a matter of grave moral concern — about which there was and remains no public moral consensus — from the democratic process,” they wrote at the time.

Eleven Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday defied the American Bar Association (ABA) to move forward on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court for final debate and decision by the full Senate.

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The ABA, while it had previously given Kavanaugh its highest rating, announced Friday its support for Democrats’ demand that the nomination be delayed until the FBI can review the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford of California.

The committee’s expected 11-10 party line vote was set up just before its meeting, when Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who had previously been considered a toss-up, announced he would support moving the nomination forward in the Senate.

All 10 Democrats on the panel are opposed to the motion to forward the nomination.

Trump continues to vigorously to support Kavanaugh, tweeting Thursday evening, “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. 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!”

Watch the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on next steps in the video below.

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