Bill Clinton on Thursday called for Republicans to stop giving the Supreme Court nomination to Brett Kavanaugh and urged senators to vote against him as the court considers his nomination.
In a statement to The Hill, the former president said he will not attend the confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, the only female nominee for the nation’s highest court, despite the fact that he is the first sitting president to make such a call.
“I will not be attending the Senate confirmation hearing, and will continue to work on behalf of the American people in this very important issue, he said.
Clinton has been critical of the Supreme Judicial Court, particularly its decision in June to uphold a Texas law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying it was “a step too far.””
This is a very important step in advancing the rights of women and girls and in our fight against terrorism,” he said, adding that he will continue working on behalf to women’s issues.
Clinton has been critical of the Supreme Judicial Court, particularly its decision in June to uphold a Texas law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying it was “a step too far.”
But he has also said the court is a “powerful tool in the fight against injustice and discrimination.”
He has called on senators to support his nominee, including a Republican, Cory Gardner of Colorado, the first woman to serve on the high court.