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(Statements last updated October 6, 2018 04:02 PM -04:00.)

October 4: There was no new corroborating evidence. I’m satisfied it was comprehensive, so I feel confident in the report. I’ll just reaffirm my support for Judge Kavanaugh. You have to look at the facts, and the facts present a challenge for her story. (The New York Times)

September 27: .@ckmarie: Do you think Dr. Ford seems like a credible witness? @SenCapito: I think her testimony is riveting. (Twitter)

September 24: “Let’s wait and see what happens on Thursday. I am very supportive of Judge Kavanaugh, but I want to hear her testimony,” added Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). (Note: We have not yet confirmed the exact date of these comments, but they appear to have taken place on or around 9/24/2018.) (Politico)

September 21: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito says she’s “very uncomfortable” with the way sexual assault allegations have come forward against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Speaking Friday on 580-Live with Charleston Mayor Danny Jones on MetroNews affiliate 580-WCHS in Charleston, Capito said one of her Senate colleagues should have treated the allegations she received in a letter from accuser Christine Blasey Ford differently. “I think that’s the unfairness of it. (California Senator) Diane Feinstein’s had this since July 30. She’s had opportunities for private questioning. Why didn’t she assert herself there and then? I think that just adds fuel to the fire to make it more divisive than ever,” Capito said...Capito said the allegations are very serious and judiciary committee members will have some very important decisions to make. “We have to be sensitive to what she’s accusing him of, I think that’s important. I am,” Capito said. “But at the same time, there’s two sides of the story. People say it’s just going to boil down to he said, she said. It probably will. I think the senators on judiciary committee are going to judge the veracity on that point.” (

September 18: “Senator Capito believes this allegation should be taken seriously and that both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should be given the opportunity to share their accounts publicly with the Judiciary Committee,” spokeswoman for Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said. “She hopes to learn more as Chairman [Chuck] Grassley, his staff and committee members look into these claims.” (Note: We have not yet confirmed the exact date of these comments, but they appear to have taken place on or around 9/18/2018.) (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

July 23: #SCOTUS justices should apply the law in a case, regardless of policy outcome. Judge #Kavanaugh understands that. (Twitter)

July 18: Judge #Kavanaugh truly understands a judge’s and justice’s proper role, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be confirmed with bipartisan support. (Twitter)

July 12: “We talked about his judicial philosophy, his commitment to the rule of law and to the text and history of the Constitution. Beyond his judicial philosophy, we talked about what kind of person he is,” Capito said. “I think he is an excellent choice by the president.” (

July 12: After meeting with Judge Kavanaugh today, I’m even more certain that he is a man of integrity and that he understands and respects the responsibilities of a Supreme Court justice, which is why I plan to support his nomination. Judge Kavanaugh and I had a wide-ranging discussion about our separation-of-powers system, the court’s responsibility to properly apply laws passed by Congress to guard against overreach by federal agencies, and the importance of respecting precedent to promote stability in the law. I know Judge Kavanaugh will be an excellent addition to the court and will honor and strengthen this important branch of our democracy. (

July 11: When I consider nominees for the Supreme Court, I don’t look for a person who promises a particular policy outcome or someone who is out to actually create laws. What I look for is a person whose record reflects experience, fairness, and respect for the Constitution as it is written. President Trump made clear in his campaign that he would appoint judges with respect for the Constitution. I believe he kept his commitment when he nominated Brett Kavanaugh to become a Supreme Court justice. (

July 9: Judge Kavanaugh has served with distinction as a federal appeals court judge, a senior advisor to President George W. Bush, and a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy. Throughout his service, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated a strong commitment to the rule of law and to carefully considering the text and history of the Constitution, making him an ideal choice to be the next Supreme Court justice. Judge Kavanaugh has a particularly strong record of policing the separation of powers, seeking to ensure that lawmaking remains the prerogative of elected members of Congress. I think President Trump made an excellent choice in nominating Judge Kavanaugh. I look forward to meeting with him and remaining engaged and supportive of him during the confirmation process. (


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