Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 9, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on President Trump nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court:
"At a time when our democratic institutions are under attack – from undermining the free press to foreign influence in our elections – I refuse to legitimize the broken system Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created on President Trump’s behalf. We need to remedy both the political obstruction and broken rules that have led us into this terrible mess before confirming anymore nominees that will be tainted by it.
"Given the divisive climate in Washington, an independent judiciary is more important than ever and fundamental to the health of our democracy. That is why any nomination to our courts should require input from both parties and represent the kind of consensus that can see us through these turbulent political times."