In July 2018, Yale Law students, alumni, and educators, “ashamed of our alma mater,” signed an open letter criticizing the university for publishing a press release that quoted faculty praising Yale alumnus Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who had been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Trump. The open letter referred to Kavanaugh as “an intellectually and morally bankrupt ideologue intent on rolling back our rights and the rights of our clients.”
One of those alumni signing the open letter was Jennifer Sung, a 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, who has been nominated by the Biden administration to be a circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals. On Tuesday, as the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Sung, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Sung repeatedly, asking her if she still agreed that Kavanaugh was “intellectually and morally bankrupt.” Sung repeatedly dodged the question, as the following exchange shows:
Cruz: “Miss Sung, do you believe Justice Kavanaugh is intellectually and morally bankrupt?