STATEMENT: The Senate Should Refer Kavanaugh for Perjury and Halt Confirmation, CAP Action CEO Neera Tanden Says

Washington, D.C. — Evidence suggests that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh deliberately and repeatedly misled the Senate in his confirmation hearings on a litany of issues. Those issues include his knowledge of documents stolen from Judiciary Committee senators; his involvement with handling the nominations of two extreme anti-abortion judicial nominees; and his involvement with detainee policy and warrantless wiretapping in the Bush administration. Neera Tanden, CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, issued the following statement:

The mounting evidence that Judge Kavanaugh perjured himself on several pivotal issues during his nomination hearings should bring his confirmation process to a halt—if not spur sanction by the Senate.

Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings—and the cherry-picked 10 percent of his records that Senate Republicans have allowed the public to see—already confirm all of our worst fears about him. It appears he has lied about everything from his involvement in previous political criminality related to stolen emails to his views of Roe v. Wade as settled law.

Judge Kavanaugh’s refusal to recuse himself from investigations of President Trump proves that he cannot be an impartial justice and may well be an assured vote to protect the president from criminal investigation. The downward spiral of cover-ups has to stop now. Let the Department of Justice launch an independent evaluation of whether Kavanaugh has committed perjury, and then the Senate can decide between proceeding to a confirmation vote for Kavanaugh or start a sanction process against him.

For more information or to talk to an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at shananel.af@americanprogressaction.org, or 202-478-6327.