Detroit News Editorial Defends Brett Kavanaugh, Urges Confirmation  –  Deadline Detroit


The Detroit News editorial page urges senators to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

The U.S. Senate is poised to begin voting Friday on whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should take a seat on the Supreme Court. Despite calls for further delays, it’s time to settle this matter.

An FBI investigation into the allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her at a party when both were in high school in Maryland 36 years ago is finished and in the hands of senators.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who chairs the Judiciary Committee, says the report contains no new information to corroborate that Kavanaugh did what Ford accuses him of doing.

Democrats don’t dispute that, but are attacking the scope of the probe, objecting that Ford and Kavanaugh were not interviewed by the FBI. Both were grilled extensively by the Senate. The Democratic complaints seem aimed to further their delay-to-destroy strategy.

The essay, presumably by head editorial writer Nolan Finley, says the federal appeals court judge has been scandal-free as an adult. 

But it fails to acknowledge that he may have been less than candid during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It also does not acknowledge concerns by many about his temperment while being questioned by Democratic senators.

Conversely, The Washington Post urging a so vote:

Ssenators . . . and the rest of the country must wonder: Which Brett M. Kavanaugh are they evaluating? Is it the steady, conservative jurist he was reputed to be before his confirmation saga? Or is it a partisan operative harboring suspicions and resentments about Democrats, with possible misdeeds in his past?

Unfortunately — and unnecessarily; it didn’t have to be this way — too many questions remain about his history for senators to responsibly vote “yes.” At the same time, enough has been learned about his partisan instincts that we believe senators must vote “no.”

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