CREDO released the statement below in response to sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh:
“We already have an accused sexual predator in the White House and we don’t need yet another on the Supreme Court,” CREDO Action Co-Director Heidi Hess said. “Senate Republicans must not rush forward with Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation while new information continues to be revealed about his past sexual misconduct,” Hess said.
“Kavanaugh’s denial of these allegations is meaningless in light of his well-documented perjury before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Hess continued. “A man who would lie about using stolen materials to help confirm George W. Bush’s judicial nominees lifetime appointments to the federal bench would no doubt also lie about his own behavior if he thought it was necessary to protect his own lifetime appointment,” she said.
“Regardless of how Senate Republicans respond to these very serious allegations, the anonymity and confidentiality of the survivor must be respected and protected,” Hess continued. “Too often, women who come forward to report sexual assault are subjected to further harassment, threats and worse,” she added.
“Sen. Grassley’s immediate release of a letter from 65 women Judge Kavanaugh knew in high school shows that Senate Republicans have known about these allegations for some time and chose not to disclose them during last week’s confirmation hearing,” Hess continued. “The release of the letter is intended to imply that the allegations are without merit, and that the survivor will be subjected to further doubt if she comes forward publicly,” Hess added. “It’s another shameful chapter in Sen. Grassley’s gross and highly-partisan mishandling of a confirmation process that could shape the U.S. Supreme Court for decades.”
Below, please find a summary of CREDO’s work in opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
MORE THAN A DOZEN PROGRESSIVE GROUPS TO SEN. SCHUMER: THE SUPREME COURT IS ON THE LINE AND YOU ARE FAILING US: CREDO drafted and spearheaded a September 7 letter urging Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to immediately unite all Senate Democrats in opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. More information can be found here and the letter can be viewed here.
CREDO BILLBOARD TRUCK CIRCULATED ON CAPITOL HILL DURING KAVANAUGH’S CONFIRMATION HEARING: From September 4-6, CREDO’s mobile billboard circulated on Capitol Hill to make clear that it is Sen. Chuck Schumer’s job to unite all Senate Democrats in opposition to Kavanaugh. The billboard read: “49 democrats, 49 no votes on Kavanaugh. Do your job, Sen. Schumer.” Video footage of the mobile billboard can be viewed here. Additional high-resolution photos are available upon request.
265,000+ SIGN PETITIONS URGING SENATE TO REJECT KAVANAUGH: More than 265,000 CREDO members have signed petitions in opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The petitions focus on Kavanaugh’s hostility to women’s rights, his anti-environment agenda, Trump’s role as a criminal co-conspirator and the unprecedented lack of transparency regarding Kavanaugh’s record.
8,000+ PHONE CALLS TO SENATE OFFICES: CREDO members have made more than 8,000 phone calls to senate offices in opposition to Kavanaugh, including more than 5,000 calls to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office urging him to unite Senate Democrats against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
CREDO EXECUTIVES ARRESTED DISRUPTING DAY ONE OF CONFIRMATION HEARING: CREDO vice presidents Trish Tobin and Josh Nelson were arrested disrupting Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on September 4. Before being dragged from the room, Josh Nelson shouted, “this hearing is an attack on women’s rights. It is an attack on democracy. Shut this hearing down.” Video footage of the arrests can be viewed here.
CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of over five million activists, sending tens of millions of petition signatures and hundreds of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.