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  • Bipartisan group of 35 tell Sen. Collins: Misleading answers should disqualify judge from Supreme Court

     

    By Ramona du Houx

    Thirty-five lawmakers signed onto the letter, an effort spearheaded by Rep. Maureen “Mo” Terry, D-Gorham.

    “Of course, Sen. Collins and I belong to different political parties, but I think we should all be able to agree that lying about whether or not he received stolen materials ought to disqualify someone from serving on the highest court in the country,” said Terry. “Supreme Court appointments are for life, and the job of a justice is to place the Constitution and respect for the rule of law above all else. How can we trust Kavanaugh to do that if he’s already been caught lying to the Senate in a public hearing?”

    A recent release of emails shows that Kavanaugh received stolen information from Manuel Miranda, who used his staff position in the Senate to steal confidential documents from Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee during confirmation proceedings for judicial nominees conducted during Pres. George W. Bush’s administration.

    These emails show that Judge Kavanaugh lied under oath on three separate occasions. In 2004, during his confirmation to the D.C. Circuit, he testified not just that he did not know the documents were stolen but that he never received any documents that appeared to have been written by Democratic staff. In 2006, he again denied having ever seen the documents in question.

    The letter was sent to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins on Friday.

    Terry is serving her first term in the Maine House of Representatives and serves on the Legislature’s Taxation Committee. She represents part of Gorham.