The American Civil Liberties Union is making a rare announcement by tossing aside its policy of remaining neutral in confirmation battles to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ACLU said Saturday that it cannot support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court. That breaks with the organization’s century-long practice of not endorsing or opposing judicial candidates. It is only the fourth time in the 98-year history of the ACLU that its board of directors voted to oppose a Supreme Court nominee.
The organization said the sexual assault accusations and an inadequate investigation combined with the judge’s fiery testimony on Thursday give Americans reason to doubt Kavanaugh’s fitness to serve. The last time the ACLU opposed a Supreme Court nominee was current justice Samuel Alito in 2006. It also opposed the nominations of Robert Bork in 1987 and William Rehnquist in 1971.
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