WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement after meeting this afternoon with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

“After meeting with Brett Kavanaugh today, my concerns with his nomination to the Supreme Court have only grown.

“Judge Kavanaugh was unable to assure me that he believes Roe v. Wade is correctly decided Supreme Court precedent, which further reinforces that his confirmation would be a direct threat to a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions.

“And Judge Kavanaugh refused to commit to recusing himself from matters stemming from Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, despite the obvious impropriety of this President – who is effectively an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal investigation – naming a justice to the court who has already reached the legal conclusion that a sitting president should not be investigated or indicted while in office.

“At a moment in history when the president has been directly implicated in a federal crime, the Senate should not be acting to advance the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice who could ultimately rule to shield President Trump from accountability.

“Our country is founded on the principle that there are three separate but co-equal branches of government that check and balance one another. It’s clearer than ever that Judge Kavanaugh will not be an independent check on this president.

“His nomination should be rejected.”

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