‘CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY’

American Bar Association: Halt Kavanaugh Vote Until FBI Investigates

Just hours after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh boasted of his “well-qualified rating” by the legal community’s top governing body to fend off sexual-assault allegations, the American Bar Association called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone its vote on his confirmation. In a letter released on the eve of the vote, ABA President Robert Carlson said the “Senate’s constitutional duty of advise and consent on federal judicial nominees” requires an FBI investigation into Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation against Kavanaugh. “Each appointment to our nation’s highest court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” Carlson wrote. “Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court,” he said.