Women from Alaska march in Washington, urge "no" vote on Kavanaugh
A group of women from Alaska are in Washington this week protesting Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The FBI has submitted its findings after investigating sexual assault allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Kavanaugh. The group of Alaskans still sees Kavanaugh as unfit for the court.
“We wanted to be here to remind (our senators) that this is very, very important and that Alaskans are watching,” said Callie Kim, a criminal defense lawyer from Anchorage, AK.
Kim says she wants her Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to know she does not find Kavanaugh fit to join the high court. Kim says the accusations of sexual assault and his temperament should disqualify him.
“We’re having specific meetings with both senators to make sure they’re hearing what we have to say as lawyers, as women, as survivors,” said Kim.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) helped get the group of 130 Alaskans to Washington with a $100,000 subsidy. Moira Smith says she made the trip because she’s concerned the FBI investigation into sexual assault claims was too short.
“We have an epidemic of sexual violence in Alaska and it’s particularly important that they let a survivor’s voice to be heard and a thorough investigation to take place,” said Smith.
The White House is sticking by its nominee now that the FBI has concluded its investigation. They say they are confident he will be on the bench in the near future.
“This has been a very, very disgraceful process,” said Mercedes Schlapp, White House director of strategic communications.
Schlapp says it has been horrific seeing what both Kavanaugh and Ford have been through. She says the character assassinations need to stop and the Senate needs to confirm the highly qualified pick.
“It’s almost to the point that you wonder if people even want to go into public service after the fact that they’ve literally tried to destroy Judge Kavanaugh’s name, destroy his family,” said Schlapp.
The Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation later this week. Senator Sullivan is expected to vote yes and Senator Murkowski is still undecided. Neither lawmaker was available for an interview.