Dens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, grilled President Bidens judge nominated over an earlier statement that called Supreme Right Justice Brett Kavanaugh “intellectual and moral bankruptcy.”
Cruz went after Jennifer Sung, Biden’s candidate for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, for her signature on the open letter from Yale Law students and alumni condemning the then Supreme Court candidate.
The letter called Kavanaugh “intellectual and moral bankruptcy” and was released amid the now just bitter bitter nomination battle of 2018.
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“Mrs Sung, do you think Judge Kavanaugh is ‘intellectually and morally bankrupt’? “Cruz asked the nominee in the hot seat and quoted the letter.
“Senator, I want every Supreme Court justice to know, including Judge Kavanaugh, and fully respect their authority as a Supreme Court justice, and I would follow their precedents without reservation,” Sung replied, avoiding the question.
Cruz noted that Sung is an “experienced lawyer” and would know when someone is not answering a question, and asked the nominee again if she thinks Kavanaugh is “intellectually and morally bankrupt.”
Sung replied that as she “previously said” in the hearing, what she signed was “overheated rhetoric,” but did not answer the senator’s question as to whether she believed the statements that came in the letter she signed.
“I want to try one more time because you wrote your name on it and it was not decades ago. It was very recent,” Cruz pressed a third time. “You have signed your name on this statement. I am simply asking today: do you think Justice Kavanaugh is ‘intellectual and moral bankruptcy?'”
“You signed your name on that proposal, do you still believe it?” The Texas senator continued.
Sung, shockingly, called the 2018 statement she signed, attacking both the intelligence and the character of a then-Supreme Court nominee “rhetorical advocacy,” which she signed as a private citizen but did not answer Cruz’s questions a third time.
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“It’s disappointing that you refuse to answer the question, it’s a simple yes, no question,” Cruz replied.
Sung apologized to sign the letter that attacked Kavanaugh earlier in the trial.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.