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VIDEO: Harris Demands Senate Judiciary Committee Halt Nominations During Impeachment Trial

January 16, 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday pressed her colleagues to halt all judicial nominations during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Harris pointed to the inappropriateness of moving forward with judicial nominees while the president is charged with high crimes and misdemeanors.

“In light of the fact that the Senate is now in receipt of two articles of impeachment that charge the President of the United States with high crimes and misdemeanors, it is wholly inappropriate for us to be advancing nominees to the federal judiciary,” said Harris.

Harris continued, “The Senate should not be advancing any judicial nominees at a time when this body is contemplating removing from office the man who nominates them.”

Full transcript of Harris’ statement is below:

Mr. Brasher has consistently attempted to narrow civil rights protections, including reproductive rights, marriage equality, and voting rights. Notwithstanding that record, last year, the Senate confirmed Mr. Brasher to a seat on the district court, over the objection of every Democrat. 

But Mr. Brasher’s record, again, should be highlighted. It is just as concerning and relevant today, as we consider elevating him to the circuit court.

As my colleague has said, in 2014 Mr. Brasher defended an Alabama law requiring that doctors who provide abortion services have admitting privileges at local hospitals. During that case, Mr. Brasher and his co-counsels hired a litigation consultant who is known for advancing the false theory that abortion leads to mental illness. 

In 2015, Mr. Brasher was counsel of record on an amicus brief in Obergefell v. Hodges, where he urged the Supreme Court to uphold laws that define marriage as between one man and one woman. While that case was pending, Mr. Brasher wrote an article, which argued that the Supreme Court QUOTE “should at least reject the argument that these [same-sex marriage bans] serve no legitimate state interest.”

And Mr. Brasher has repeatedly argued in opposition to voting rights. In fact, in 2013, Mr. Brasher assisted with an amicus brief in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court case that gutted the Voting Rights Act and eliminated the requirement that states with discriminatory voting practices obtain federal approval in order to change their voting laws.

These are just a few examples of Mr. Brasher’s work to undermine civil rights protections. I will also oppose Mr. Brasher’s nomination, and I urge all of my colleagues to do the same.

Moreover, in light of the fact that the Senate is now in receipt of two articles of impeachment that charge the President of the United States with high crimes and misdemeanors, I believe it is wholly inappropriate for us to be advancing nominees to the federal judiciary.

The Senate should not be advancing any judicial nominees at a time when this body is contemplating removing from office the man who nominates them. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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