Reed, Langevin concur FBI investigation next best step in Kavanaugh hearings


Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin agree an FBI investigation is the correct next step to take in the process of determining Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

During a press conference relative to a federal grant for the Warwick Fire Department on Monday, Reed and Langevin took a moment to discuss the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Both legislators were in agreement regarding the implementation of the FBI investigation.

“I’m glad that the Republicans finally gave in to the right thing and requested an FBI investigation,” Langevin said.

Reed said an investigation would be beneficial.

“I don’t know if [the FBI report] will be conclusive, but it will provide critical details, and the very fact they’ve done it gives more confidence that the investigation was thorough,” Reed said.

Reed, who voted against Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Circuit Court, questioned his temperament.

“I think there’s also a question now about his temperament as well as his independence from theologian politics and I think those are serious issues for any Supreme Court Justice.”

Kavanaugh was recently accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and other women he came into contact with when he was in high school and college. Kavanaugh denies the claims made against him and both Ford and Kavanaugh appeared before senators Thursday during confirmation hearings.

At the end of the hearing, Republican Senator Jeff Flake requested a one-week delay before a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to allow for an FBI background investigation into the sexual assault allegations made against him.

The background investigation is currently underway and so far the FBI has contacted Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate who also made sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.


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At this point I have zero desire to debate the evidence or lack thereof depending on which side you are on. What was truly eye-opening was watching Kavanaugh speak about the charges. I do agree that temperament does play a role in being on the SCOTUS. Passion must always be tempered with consideration.

An article in A Pursuit of Justice from 2007 listed the qualities of a good judge. The very first trait is Judicial Temperament.

"A judicial candidate should be able to exercise forbearance under provocation, to deal with others with sensitivity and without giving offense, and to assimilate data outside the candidate’s experience without bias and without undue difficulty or stress. A candidate should be able to handle personal stress without unloading on others; he or she should recognize that the position is not only stressful but an official governmental position of public trust, with its business conducted largely in full view; and that criticism and scrutiny are inherent in the position. Candidates fearful of or uncertain about these aspects of the job should be counseled to reconsider."

Wednesday, October 3, 2018