Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg harshly criticized the Senate confirmation process for the Supreme Court to choose Brett Kavanaugh as a "highly partisan show."
The liberal Ginsburg denounced the process, which many court observers have criticized as broken, during an event in George Washington on Wednesday, on a day when Democrats virtually excluded from the confirmation process bombarded the candidate with 1,200 questions on topics that go from the game to his days as an employee in an unsuccessful effort to stop the nomination of Kavanaugh.
& # 39; The way it was, it was the right thing to do. As it is, it's wrong, "Ginsburg said at the GW Law School, the Washington Times reported, receiving applause from a crowd.
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticized the modern confirmation process as a "highly partisan show"
When asked how things had changed since his own confirmation under the Clinton administration, the octogenarian responded: "The atmosphere in the '93 was truly bipartisan."
"The vote on my confirmation was 96 to 3, even though I had spent about 10 years of my life litigating cases under the auspices of the ACLU … and I was on the board of the ACLU and one of its advisors generals, "he said, referring to the American Civil Liberties Union.
"My White House employees asked me about my ACLU affiliation, they were very nervous about it, and I said forget it, just forget it, nothing you can do can lead me to speak ill of the ACLU," he recalled.
Ginsburg noted that the late Judge Antonin Scalia was unanimously confirmed. The judge who elected President Obama to replace him did not receive a hearing
The hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by the Supreme Court, were flooded with disruption from the protesters and the stalling of the efforts of the Democrats angry about the process and thousands of documents that remained confidential.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican for Kentucky) delayed a hearing on Judge Merrick Garland for 10 months, holding an open vacancy for President Donald Trump to occupy at the start of his term
Ginsburg said the confirmation process was better in the past, although in the last few decades there have also been some bitter confirmation fights, including that of Judge Clarence Thomas.
& # 39; And not a single question. No senator asked me any questions about that, "he said.
& # 39; It was the same for Justice [Stephen] Breyer who was nominated a year later. Or think of Judge Scalia, who was undoubtedly a well-known character … He had been a law professor and had written many things. He had been on the D.C. [Court of Appeals]. & # 39;
"The vote was unanimous, all the Democrats and all the Republicans voted for him, but that's the way it should be, instead of what has become, a highly partisan show," he concluded.
Ginsburg was confirmed with a 96-3 vote in the Clinton administration
In addition to saying that things were better in the past, Ginsburg did not analyze the series of actions and counter-actions that helped to carry out the modern slug party of Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
Kavanaugh's audience presented a series of angry interruptions by protesters demanding Democrats vote "no". The Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committee tried to make a series of motions to suspend the session after tens of thousands of Kavanaugh documents were available only hours before the hearing.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker released confidential documents in protest of the process, and declared that it was a "Spartacus moment" that the Republican Party denounced as a presidential celebrity.
Trump selected the conservative and credentialed nominee to replace Judge Anthony Kennedy, who for years was the deciding vote in the 5: 4 judicial decisions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell retained the last Democratic candidate, Merrick Garland , for ten months when President Obama nominated him. Garland never had an audience. Serves in the same Circuit D.C. where Kavanaugh serves and Scalia, whose death created the vacancy, once it served.
The Republicans put an end to the filibuster minority's ability to nominate the Supreme Court to press through the last judge nominated by Trump, Neil Gorsuch, creating a disincentive for the president to work for the support of the minority. Before that, the Democrats invoked the "nuclear option". to end the filibuster for lower court candidates, using the new power to install Obama's candidates in court, a strategy that Trump has followed during his tenure.
"If the Republicans move at a snail's pace, so do the Democrats, I wish I could give up a magic wand and make it go back to what it was," Ginsburg said.