VIDEO - Sen. Chris Coons: Kavanaugh has “deep commitment to a view of the president that in our current context is profoundly dangerous”
Last week, Sen. Chris Coons questioned Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for the Supreme Court
“I worry that you reveal you don’t share the view of our Framers, in particular the Fourteenth Amendment Framers who understood constitutional rights to exist in significant part to right historical wrongs, not to ignore them, or entrench them,” said Coons.
“Our Constitution’s protection for people who are vulnerable or marginalized or are just different from the majority is what makes us a beacon to the rest of the world where there are so many countries where minorities, those who dare to live their lives differently are marginalized or oppressed.
"It is exactly this Glucksberg test that worries me most, because it excludes all such people from the circle of constitutional concern and protection. I’m troubled, Judge Kavanaugh, if you don’t understand that as the driving, animating force of our constitutional culture, and this is a test that is just not up to the task of vindicating our country’s greatest ideals.”
"You’ve said repeatedly that you support the traditional practice of appointing special counsels. But, you haven’t acknowledged you’ve supported this practice because the president has retained the power to fire the special counsel at will,” said Coons.
“And, those of us who have tried to enact statutes that might restrain the president in some way, by putting in place for-cause removal restrictions have had thrown back at us the dissent from Morrison v. Olson, a dissent which you embrace and cite, and a dissent which I think reveals a deep commitment to a view of the president that in our current context is profoundly dangerous.”
The video of Senator Coons’ full questioning is available here.