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Brett Kavanaugh delivers his opening statement during his Supreme
Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee
in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 4,
2018 in Washington, DC.

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  • A leading Catholic publication said Judge Brett
    Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court should be
    withdrawn.
  • The move comes after a day of impassioned testimony
    from Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has
    accused him of sexual assault.
  • The editors of America Magazine, a leading Catholic
    publication, said if lawmakers move forward with voting on
    Kavanaugh’s confirmation, it would show that they prioritize
    policy goals over a woman’s claims of sexual assault.

America Magazine, a leading Catholic publication, said Judge
Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court
should be withdrawn
.

The move comes after a day of impassioned testimony from
Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman  accusing
him of sexual assault.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate
Judiciary Committee [Thursday] clearly demonstrated both the
seriousness of her allegation of assault by Judge Brett M.
Kavanaugh and the stakes of this question for the whole country,”
the publication wrote.

“Evaluating the credibility of these competing accounts is a
question about which people of good will can and do disagree. The
editors of this review have no special insight into who is
telling the truth,” the editors wrote, saying that if Ford’s
allegation is true, “the assault and Judge Kavanaugh’s denial of
it mean that he should not be seated on the U.S. Supreme
Court.” 

“But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been
established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further
investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear
Judge Kavanaugh’s name, we recognize that this nomination is no
longer in the best interests of the country.”

“While we previously endorsed the nomination of Judge
Kavanaugh on the basis of his legal credentials and his
reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the
nomination should be withdrawn.” 

The editors in July praised Kavanaugh shortly after President
Donald Trump nominated him to the high court. 

Kavanaugh attended the elite all-boys Jesuit high school,
Georgetown Prep, in the early 1980s and played on the
school’s basketball and football teams. Current Supreme
Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is an alum as well.


A 2015 clip of Kavanaugh referencing his time at Georgetown
Prep
recently resurfaced. While delivering remarks at the
Columbus School of Law, Kavanaugh said of his alma mater: “We had
a good saying that we’ve held firm to to this day as the dean was
reminding me before the talk, which is what happens at Georgetown
Prep stays at Georgetown Prep. That’s been a good thing for all
of us.”

Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge, who wrote two memoirs
recounting
the drinking and debauchery he said he took part in while at
Prep,
is accused of being an eyewitness to Ford’s claim of
sexual assault. At least two other women have accused Kavanaugh
of misconduct in the days since Ford’s account emerged.

Both Kavanaugh and Judge have both vehemently
denied the allegations. 

The Senate
Judiciary Committee will vote on Friday whether to recommend
Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

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