Cruz grills Biden judicial nominee over assertion calling Kavanaugh ‘intellectually and morally bankrupt’
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, grilled President Biden’s judicial nominee over a previous assertion that referred to as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh “intellectually and morally bankrupt.”
Cruz went after Jennifer Sung, Biden’s nominee for U.S. Court docket of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, for her signature on the open letter from Yale Legislation college students and alumni denouncing the then-Supreme Court docket nominee.
The letter referred to as Kavanaugh “intellectually and morally bankrupt,” and was launched amid the now-justice’s bitter 2018 nomination battle.
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“Ms. Sung, do you imagine Justice Kavanaugh is ‘intellectually and morally bankrupt?’” Cruz requested the nominee within the sizzling seat, quoting the letter.
“Senator, I need each Supreme Court docket justice to know, together with Justice Kavanaugh, and respect, fully, their authority as a Supreme Court docket justice, and I might comply with their precedents with out reservation,” Sung responded, dodging the query.
Cruz remarked that Sung is an “skilled lawyer” and would know when somebody is just not answering a query, and requested the nominee once more if she thinks Kavanaugh is “intellectually and morally bankrupt.”
Sung responded that, as she “acknowledged earlier” within the listening to, what she signed was “overheated rhetoric” however didn’t reply the senator’s query as as to if she believed the statements made within the letter she signed.
“I’m going to attempt another time, since you signed your title to it and it wasn’t many years in the past. It was very current,” Cruz pressed a 3rd time. “You signed your title to this assertion. I’m asking merely right now: do you imagine that Justice Kavanaugh is ‘intellectually and morally bankrupt?’”
“You signed your title to that proposition, do you continue to imagine it?” the Texas senator continued.
Sung, voice quivering, referred to as the 2018 assertion she signed attacking each the intelligence and character of a then-Supreme Court docket nominee “rhetorical advocacy” that she signed as a personal citizen, however didn’t reply Cruz’s query a 3rd time.
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“It’s disappointing that you simply refuse to reply that query, it’s a easy sure, no query,” Cruz responded.
Sung apologized for signing the letter attacking Kavanaugh earlier on within the listening to.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox Information Digital. You’ll find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.
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