Democrats’ Nominee Threatened a Teenage Victim’s Privacy
‘Yesterday, the Judiciary Committee witnessed another disaster of a performance from one of President Biden’s nominees. This time, the President wants a lifetime appointment for a New Hampshire attorney who represented an ultra-elite private high school against a 15-year-old girl who was suing the school after she’d been sexually assaulted on campus… I urge the President to reconsider this nomination and I urge my colleagues to reject it.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations:
“Yesterday, the Judiciary Committee witnessed another disaster of a performance from one of President Biden’s nominees.
“This time, the President wants a lifetime appointment for a New Hampshire attorney who represented an ultra-elite private high school against a 15-year-old girl who was suing the school after she’d been sexually assaulted on campus.
“Now, lawyers serve unpopular clients all the time. But while representing the powerful prep school, Michael Delaney subjected the teenage victim and her family to unusually aggressive hardball tactics that were frankly shocking.
“The young lady and her family had hoped to file the lawsuit anonymously, as Jane Doe, and persuade the school to change its ways. That was the path to accountability.
“But Mr. Delaney fought the girl’s desire for privacy and anonymity. He used it as a weapon against her. He said he’d only let the girl remain anonymous if she were subjected to a gag order about the incident. And he threatened that if the family refused to settle on terms favorable to the school, and went to trial, he’d ask the court to reveal her name.
“In other words, Mr. Delaney tried to turn a teenage victim’s privacy into a hostage to help a prep school avoid accountability.
“The girl’s father saw Mr. Delay’s behavior for what it was: ‘A threat.’
“The victim says she spoke to the Biden Department of Justice while they were vetting Mr. Delaney. Apparently, the Administration ignored her.
“So, apparently, did her two Senators.
“According to the Boston Globe, the victim’s parents pleaded their case against Mr. Delaney to both our colleagues from New Hampshire. But instead of taking the family’s pain to heart, both of their Senators returned blue slips anyway. They even personally introduced Mr. Delaney at his hearing.
“Democrats have long claimed they want empathy in their judges. I prefer neutrality and faithfulness to the Constitution, myself — but empathy is what liberals say they want.
“Well, I defy anybody to watch yesterday’s hearing and find one ounce of empathy from Mr. Delaney for this child victim.
“My colleagues across the aisle will have to catch a re-run, because almost none of the Judiciary Committee Democrats could even bring themselves to show up to yesterday’s hearing.
“But guess who did attend?
“This brave young woman’s family. They wanted Mr. Delaney to know they’ll never forget how he threatened their daughter.
“I urge the President to reconsider this nomination and I urge my colleagues to reject it.”