Dear Senator Flake,
It is not often that I feel compelled to write to my Senator, but I have an overwhelming need to reach you with a critical message before you meet with the Judiciary Committee tomorrow morning.
I implore you to be the voice of reason, civility, common sense, truth and decency with your vote tomorrow and I urge you to vote no on the approval of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court of the United States.
I know you believe and I agree that this process has been nothing but terrible; rushed and mired in partisanship, deceit, and withholding of information. Both sides have made serious errors in judgement and action and there is plenty of blame to go around. However, I hope that every Senator with any sense of decency and common sense agrees that when evaluating a life-time appointment to the highest court in the land, every bit of information should be investigated and all information should be shared before any nominee is given a recommendation or a vote. That has yet to happen in the Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination process.
I had the opportunity to view today’s hearing. I feel that Christine Blasey Ford is a very credible person and gave very compelling and brave testimony today. Her story merits further investigation. I feel that, once again, Judge Kavanaugh did not answer the straightforward questions asked of him but that he does believe he did nothing wrong. One thing that I was struck by is Judge Kavanaugh’s repeated reference to the written statements provided of “not recalling” and “not remembering” the alleged incident. In no way do those statements equate to refuting, exonerating or not corroborating Ms. Ford’s testimony. What we have now boils down to “he said, she said” and I don’t know how you can interpret the truth given the current information.There needs to be further investigation into the details and possible witnesses or attendees at the location of the assault before a decision on Judge Kavanaugh’s fate is made.
So Senator Flake, I urge you to vote no. If things proceed along party lines Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed, but his nomination and these proceedings will forever be tainted and will forever be a devastating and horrific stain on our Supreme Court. I know the pressures you are under to vote yea or nay but tomorrow – more than ever – we need a maverick in the US Senate and specifically on the Judiciary Committee. I know you would never deign to try and fill the shoes of your friend, the late, great Senator John McCain, but we need you to embrace that same spirit now.
I wish you wisdom and peace as you make your decision on your vote tomorrow. Ultimately, we may learn that Judge Kavanaugh is not guilty of the charges levelled against him and then a yea vote might make sense. But we need to dig deeper and spend a few more days at least to determine that outcome. I pray that you, Senator Flake will be the voice of reason and truth and will stand up for the real values of the United States, that you will put country first, and will at the very least vote no to delay this process until a time when most good hearted Americans feel comfortable that the truth is revealed and justice has prevailed.