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Katherine Clark on BPR | Oct. 9, 2018

Rep. Katherine Clark: Kavanaugh Confirmation Ushers In 'Dangerous Time' For Supreme Court

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Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, accompanied by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's conflicts of interest and ethical issues. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Katherine Clark on BPR | Oct. 9, 2018

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court ushers in a "dangerous time" for the nation's highest court, Representative Katherine Clark said Tuesday.

Kavanaugh was sworn in Monday after a bitter and protracted confirmation process, which included an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee and an emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school.

Clark told Boston Public Radio that she found Ford's allegations "credible" and that Kavanaugh's testimony gave her "extreme concern."

"I thought [Ford] was credible and brave in the way that she testified, and I thought that [Kavanaugh's] reaction gave me extreme concern for where we're headed, not just with this nominee but also as a Supreme Court, where we need to maintain the integrity and the nonpartisanship of that court," Clark told Boston Public Radio.

"His reaction, especially the way he was so rude to the Senators and throwing their questions back at them, just really, I think we're in a dangerous time for the Supreme Court," Clark continued.

Clark also addressed the possibility of the House conducting an investigation against Kavanaugh should Democrats retake that chamber this fall. Representative Jerrold Nadler, who is in line to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee should the Democrats win a majority, said last week that the committee could expand the scope of the FBI's investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

"It may be right to investigate. That may be called for as we learn more," Clark said.

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