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Yale Students Protest Kavanaugh Confirmation Process | Connecticut Public Radio

27 September 2018

Organizers say that while Yale Law students have different opinions on Kavanaugh as a judicial nominee, they say they're standing together to demand a fair nomination process.

The statement read that there should be a "fair and credible investigation" following the fresh allegations made against Kavanaugh by Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez.

"I've been appalled at the way he's been treated in the news media and by the Democrats", said Helen Rice, a Democrat herself who said she's known Kavanaugh since his law school days, and in her experience he was "never anything but polite and respectful".

One student who was advised by the couple says, "I have no reason to believe [Kavanaugh] was saying, 'Send me the pretty ones, ' but rather that he was reporting back and saying, 'I really like so and so, ' and the way he described them led them to form certain conclusions".

"We are all here for the same reason".

He said he has been talking with both Republican and Democrat leadership on the Senate Judiciary Committee but hasn't been able to speak on the phone with Republicans about how the process would work if Ramirez were to testify before the committee. "The Law School has a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which all of our students can live and learn in a community of mutual respect, free of harassment of any kind". "We are here today to discuss the very real threat that Brett Kavanaugh poses to this country".

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Dozens of angry protesters were arrested outside the Capitol Hill offices of multiple senators Monday as opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh grew stronger amid accusations of sexual assault as a young man.

YLS Dean Heather Gerken on Monday released a statement supporting students and staff who are engaging "with the most important issues of the day".

Blumenthal is a Yale Law School alumnus and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 in Washington. Noting that the allegations "are rightly causing deep concern" at the school and across the country, she said, "As dean, I can not take a position on the nomination, but I am so proud of the work our community is doing to engage with these issues, and I stand with them in supporting the importance of fair process, the rule of law, and the integrity of the legal system". U.S. Capitol Police arrested dozens, according to news reports, including about a dozen ME activists who had made the trip to Capitol Hill.

Demonstrators protest against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court Justice outside of the office of US Senator Susan Collins, Republican of ME, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 24, 2018.

Some of the demonstrators came from Yale Law School, Kavanaugh's alma mater.

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