Senator Lankford Statement on Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing:

“Like many other Oklahomans, I watched the Supreme Court nomination hearing of Judge Kavanaugh today to hear the accusation by Dr. Ford and the complete and unequivocal denial of the accusation by Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Ford deserved to be heard and her allegations taken seriously. But, Judge Kavanaugh also deserved the right to be heard. It was apparent that Dr. Ford experienced a terrible sexual assault as a youth, but there is no evidence that Judge Kavanaugh was the person who assaulted her. All of the witnesses named by Dr. Ford stated they did not remember any party or assault as Dr. Ford described and Judge Kavanaugh, under oath, denied attending this party. Sixty-five people who knew Brett Kavanaugh during high school stated they never saw any behavior like what has been described. Six previous FBI background checks have been carried out over Judge Kavanaugh’s career; none of them have found any accusation of sexual assault or any inappropriate sexual relationship. After a long and painful day of testimony, my opinion of Judge Kavanaugh has not changed. I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh when he is referred from the Senate Judiciary Committee.”