Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Reopen Judge Kavanaugh’s FBI Background Investigation

September 26, 2018

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need to reopen Judge Kavanaugh’s FBI background investigation. Below are his remarks:

Now Madam President, moments ago, another serious allegation of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh was made public in a sworn affidavit. There are now multiple, credible, serious, and corroborated allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, made under the penalty of perjury.

The new affidavit by Mrs. Swetnick calls out for a thorough, impartial, detailed investigation done by our FBI professionals. As do the allegations made by the other women.

But currently there is only a single hearing – tomorrow, with no witnesses other than Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh – before a scheduled Committee vote, and a final Senate floor vote soon thereafter. That is not right. There is no need for such a rush. These women deserve to be heard, in a fair way, and their claims must be properly investigated.

Republicans need to immediately suspend the proceedings related to Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, and the president must order the FBI to reopen the background check investigation.

I strongly believe Judge Kavanaugh should withdraw from consideration and the president should withdraw his nomination if Judge Kavanaugh won’t do it voluntarily. If he will not, at the very least, the hearing and vote should be postponed while the FBI investigates all of these very serious and very troubling allegations.

If our Republican colleagues proceed without an investigation, it would be a travesty for the honor of the Supreme Court and the honor of our country.