Republican leaders and lawmakers on Monday night were quick to rally around President Trump’s decision to nominate federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who reportedly warned Trump that other Supreme Court finalists would be easier to confirm than Kavanaugh, touted the judge’s “intellect, experience, and exemplary judicial temperament.”
“He has won the respect of his peers and is highly regarded throughout the legal community. And his judicial record demonstrates a firm understanding of the role of a judge in our Republic: Setting aside personal views and political preferences in order to interpret our laws as they are written,” McConnell said in a statement.
“This is an opportunity for Senators to put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command,” he added.
Speaker Paul Ryan called Kavanaugh an “excellent choice,” and highlighted the judge’s commitment to religious liberty.
“He has shown that Constitutional principles are the ultimate guide for his opinions. I look forward to Judge Kavanaugh’s swift confirmation in the Senate,” Ryan said in a statement.
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