On Wednesday, the National Council of Churches called for the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to be withdrawn, due to both his “political record” and his behavior during last week’s Senate hearing.
The National Council of Churches is the largest coalition of Christian churches in the United States, with over 40 million members from 38 denominations. In a statement posted on their website, they wrote that they feel Kavanaugh has “disqualified himself from this lifetime appointment and must step aside immediately.”
The statement read, “Judge Kavanaugh exhibited extreme partisan bias and disrespect towards certain members of the committee and thereby demonstrated that he possesses neither the temperament nor the character essential for a member of the highest court in our nation.
Due to a ton of traffic, their website has been experiencing some outages, so they released their statement via tweet, as well.
— NCCCUSA (@ncccusa) October 3, 2018
Kavanaugh was also accused by the council of lying under oath. The statement reads, “his testimony before the Judiciary Committee included several misstatements and some outright falsehoods.”
No specific lies were given in the statement, but a lot of Kavanaugh’s testimony has been questioned. For example, Kavanaugh said that he’d “never attended a gathering like the one Dr. Ford describes in her allegation.” But the detailed calendars he presented showed that he had definitely been to several keggers like the one Ford described in her testimony.
Kavanaugh also stated that he’d never drank beer “to the point of blacking out,” while others who knew him back in his high school and college days would beg to differ. While he’s struggled to come off as innocent as a lamb, people who knew him then paint a picture of him as someone who drank often and a lot.
The National Council of Churches also brought up Kavanaugh’s professional history. According to the statement, “Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive judicial and political record is troubling with regard to issues of voting rights, racial and gender justice, health care, the rights of people with disabilities, and environmental protections. This leads us to believe that he cannot be an impartial justice in cases that are sure to come before him at the [Supreme] Court.”
h/t The Hill