Constituent letter to Senator Tillis after the Sept. 27, 2018 Judiciary Committee Hearing
Thursday, 27 September, 2018 — civics
I watched significant portions of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving Dr. Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh today. Between listening and catching up on recaps of the questions and testimony, I’m angry.
I’m angry and I have questions that I would greatly appreciate hearing from you on:
- Did you find Dr. Blasey Ford’s hearing truthful? If not, what specifically in her testimony was not truthful?
- Why did you abdicate your time to a hired special prosecutor for Dr. Blasey Ford?
- Were the questions asked during your time allotment the questions you submitted to be asked?
- If you did not submit those questions, who did? Why did you not use that time?
- Do you feel that Dr. Blasey Ford’s expressed wish to keep her letter confidential to Sen. Feinstein should have been respected?
- Do you feel it was inappropriate for Dr. Blasey Ford to be represented by counsel in front of the committee?
- Do you feel that Judge Kavanaugh’s opening statement reflected what a nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States would be expected to say? If this statement was from a Democrat, would you feel the same way?
- Are you concerned about Judge Kavanaugh’s non-answers to whether or not he would request an FBI investigation?
- Are you concerned about Judge Kavanaugh’s repeated disrespect of the Democratic members of the committee? If the nominee was a Democrat, would you find this behavior acceptable for any position?
- Why, after July 1, 1982 came up as a possible date for a party or gathering described by Dr. Blasey Ford, did the Republican members of the committee adjurn and then cease the use of the outside special prosecutor?
- Why did you chose to use your time with Judge Kavanaugh directly after yielding your time for Dr. Blasey Ford?
- Do you feel that other recent Supreme Court nominees have been treated unfairly during the nomination process? If so, who and why?
- Are you comfortable with the lack of public information about how Judge Kavanaugh paid off hundreds of thousands of debt suddenly in 2017?
- Are you comfortable with pressing ahead with the nomination without a full public understanding of the role Judge Kavanaugh had as a political operative in the George W. Bush administration?
- Are you comfortable voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh without requiring Mike Judge to appear before the committee?
- Are you comfortable voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh without hearing from Julie Swetnick or Deborah Ramirez and the allegations they have about Judge Kavanaugh’s behavior?
- If you will not be hearing from Mr. Judge, Ms. Swetnick or Ms. Ramirez, why not?
- If you believe the Senate has a deadline to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, what is that deadline and who imposed it?
- If “timeliness” is the issue in hearing from Ms. Swetnick or Ms. Ramirez specifically, under what circumstances would you have entertained hearing from them?
- Before you vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, will you be returning to North Carolina and meeting with constituents in person and without condition to discuss and explain your views?
Finally, while I expect your answers to my questions, I will plainly state that Judge Kavanaugh repeatedly demonstrated throughout his public confirmation hearings that he lacks forthrightness, transparency and the temperament to be on the Supreme Court. In fact, his displays today ought to call into question his fitness to sit on the Federal bench at any level.
I appreciate your prompt consideration and reply.
Your voting constituent,
Nathan L. Walls