Read a PDF of our statement here.

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) issued the following statement about the completion of the FBI’s investigation of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

“Throughout this process, the Senate majority has withheld crucial information about Judge Kavanaugh’s background. This pattern of obfuscation must not extend to the FBI report. The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are too serious, and the stakes of his nomination are too high, for the Senate to keep these findings to itself. In evaluating Judge Kavanaugh’s honesty and character, the American people deserve nothing less than full transparency. Every Senator deserves an opportunity to fully review the report and to evaluate its findings.”


Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.