PRESS OFFICE OF SAMUEL CRAFTS (D-CO)
For immediate release —
“After thoughtful consideration of the testimony given by Mr. Lee, nominee to associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, I have decided to vote against his nomination.
Though I found Mr. Lee to be very well tempered and well mannered, much to the contrary of Justice Kavanaugh during his hearing, I just cannot vote to put him on the highest court in the land. This is for a few reasons. First of those being he is a politician. Mr. Lee used to be Senator Lee from my neighboring state of Utah. He may have some experience in law but I prefer to have a Supreme Court justice who is completely separated from the other branches. My second reason for voting against him is because of his wife view of executive power. During his hearing he stated that he believed a President has the constitutional right to pardon himself. This is worrying to me. I feel that a man should not in charge of his own legal punishment, a sentiment held by many in this country. Imagine if a murdered could decide if he was convicted of a crime. That wouldn’t be justice. Lastly, his views on voter ID concern me as well. As an african America man I know that voter ID laws are solely designed to suppress minority turn out. It is for those reasons I cannot vote in favor of his nomination. I hope my fellow senators can see my problems with Mr. Lee and join me in voting against him. If his nomination is rejected then I would look forward to continuing to serve with him in the Senate, and I would look forward to consideration of another nominee. “