tv Sen. Lindsey Graham Speaks at the Federalist Society CSPAN February 9, 2019 1:57pm-2:17pm EST
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>> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. [applause] >> thank you. my name is dean roiter. a special welcome to all of you joining us on the live stream on c-span. welcome to the federal society's first annual conference. recordings of the entire conference are on c-span on the federal society's website. please visit our website to learn more about the article one initiative and watch the rest of the conference. it is my honor to introduce the speaker for today's afternoon address, senator lindsey graham. senator graham has represented south carolina in the u.s. senate since 2002. prior to serving, he was elected to the u.s. house of representatives in 1994. the first republican from the third congressional district of south carolina in over 100 years. before his election, he served as a judge advocate general in the u.s. air force and later in the south carolina air national guard and air force reserves. just weeks ago, he was elected as chairman of the senate judiciary committee, a committee with broad legislative jurisdiction and oversight of
the department of justice and homeland security. the committee is of course, also test with a consideration of all article three judicial nominations including nominees to the supreme court. the senate judiciary committee manages a historically blistering pace and confirmations over the past on it for months under senator grassley. senator graham's inheriting a fair amount of momentum. he has pledged the confirmation of judges will be one of his first priorities as chairman of the committee. i am excited to hear his thoughts today about whether the senate and congress are headed to the mark. what they can do differently or better and what the road forward looks like. join me in welcoming senator lindsey graham. [applause] sen. graham: thank you all. i'm late. i was talking to the turkish president about syria. this is a coveted world we live in. thank you for the kind introduction. i will try to do the best i can. we had some bumps in the road. let's get right into it.
what is happening on the committee? more judges, and hopefully legislative breakthrough. about picking judges. i have been here since 2002. i have had six votes are supreme court nominees. i have voted for them all. kagan and sotomayor or qualified. i wouldn't have chosen them, but they were qualified. they represent people that the democratic president would pick from. as to the four nominated on the republican side, i found them equally qualified, in exactly the type of person that a republican president which is from. which takes us to the federalist society. your organized around the idea of constitutional principles that i share, and it should not be news that when a republican president wins, that you would be the type of people they would talk to.
about who would be a good person from our philosophy point of view. where do you think the democrats go? who do you think they talk to? they have their constituencies that monitor judges, people that they feel are rising stars in terms of the more liberal judicial philosophy. that's the way it works. i keep trying to tell everybody elections matter. but, i'm afraid we are in a dark period now. elections, when it comes to judges, never ends. the rules have changed against my will. i was in the gang of 14 that stopped the filibuster during
the bush years. saying we should only filibuster judges and extraordinary circumstances. the politics of judges is ever-increasing, and eventually is going to hurt the judiciary. you asked me what i worry the most about? in the future, it's going to be very hard to find somebody to come forward if we keep doing what we're doing. brett kavanaugh, thank you for sticking with him. thank you for understanding he was highly qualified from our point of view. what he went through was unconscionable and i hope it never happens again. because at the end of the day, any republican president would put brett on the top of their list. hands down, no question, qualified. he was president bush's private secretary. he handled every single piece of paper that came across his desk.
he had been in the trenches as judging and lawyering without any hesitation. look what happened then. the goal was to hold open the seat for 2020. that didn't work. so, in 2013, harry reid decided to change the rules to require a majority vote for circuit court judges. i remember a senator called me up and it before and said, we're going to change the rules, and i couldn't understand why, because there were very few judges waiting. it was a power grab. it is overtime, going to change the judiciary.
i worry a lot about what is coming. if you don't have to reach across the aisle to get any votes, judges are going to be more ideological than they would be otherwise. it is upon us to mature when we put somebody forward, they really do represent the law from a constitutionally conservative point of view, not some ideologue agenda. that's what i like about you. you don't want that ideologue right or left. it is going to put pressure on all of us to make sure we do the vetting. so, we are going to do 41 tomorrow that are holdovers, will have more hearings and more votes, and all we need is a majority.
i'm hoping that one day somehow, one of these high-profile nominees will give some votes from the other side. if they can't find a vote from the democratic side, i don't know who can. we are where we are. there is no use blaming anybody. let's just press on and try to make the best of it. the rule of law means to me that you don't have to have a militia to get your way. most places in the mideast that have a hard time going forward have a big problem. nobody trusts the cops, the judges -- they act in a very limited way, and most people feel the only way you can represent your interests is through armed groups. imagine what america would be like if we did not trust the corporate. -- the courtroom.
we may not like the outcome, but look at the split decision in the supreme court, power was transferred peacefully. that is worth protecting. what am i going to do is judiciary chair? i am going to make sure we can appoint as many well-qualified conservatives on trump's watch as possible. and the key is well-qualified. i will not let the aba veto what happens, medicare about what they think. when it comes to judges, younger is better than older. when it comes to judges, well-qualified is better than not well-qualified. i have been a lawyer most of my life, and there are people we can find in every state that are well-qualified and that conserve for a while. pay, if you're in your 40's or early 50's, doing well in the
private sector, we ask you to leave the practice with a couple of kids going to college or about to go to college. we have to think about pay. used to be that two out of three judiciary nominees came from the private sector, and one of three came from the public sector. it is a career path to be a judge. very few people come from the private sector. they are great government lawyers out there, but the strength of our judiciary overtime has been in my opinion the best and brightest in the private sector, will lead the private sector to serve publicly. to be a judge. pay does matter. i have been talking to justice roberts to make sure that we have a package of pay benefits that will allow people to make
the transition from the private sector to the public sector. expecting some sacrifice, but it's got to be financially doable. the rule of law is worth investing in. when you look at all the money we spent on judges, on prosecutors, public defenders, the entire ball of wax, it is probably less than 1% of the entire budget. we need to think about access to justice. we need to make sure that there are persecutors up there in sufficient numbers, immigration judges to make sure the rule of law works. the public defenders are there insufficient numbers and quality to make people believe they are going to get a fair shake
regardless of their income. i like my job. as a united states senator. i love the law. it is the one thing we have going for us that overtime takes is really different. buying into this idea is not where you come from, not how much you make, that the route you belong to, of the quality of the evidence and all of the presumptions over the last 200 years that have served us well. what i want to do is populate the judiciary with well-qualified conservative judges in a reasonable manner. that those who go into this profession are compensated in a fashion they are enticed to do so in the future. legislatively, i want to deal with social media, the behemoth on privacy, on content, on how you protect the platforms from being hijacked by foreign governments and terrorists.
this is a completely new area of life. all these social media outlets have enriched our lives, but also created problems. i do want to take another shot at a broken immigration system. what i worry about the most, syria, but a cyber attack more than anything else. we don't have the infrastructure we need in place to protect our critical infrastructure from what i think is an inevitable attack. you will never regulate this problem, so working with senator whitehouse, i want to create incentives for people in the our business, the financial services business, other areas of critical infrastructure including elections to harden the infrastructure. make sure we audit to achieve the best business practices.
if they meet the standards, give them liability protection. that's the only way this is going to work. dhs cannot regulate these industries, because the threats change so quickly. to the federalist society, thank you for your input. you have my phone number. i've got yours. but, we need to be thinking about protecting and preserving the rule of law, not just our people versus theirs. amb. darroch what i have seen it couple years really bothers me. we have to find some way to have a truce here. to reset. because if we don't, i really do worry about the quality of an independent judiciary. in my business, it's all about loud.
50 plus one. no matter how you get there, as long as you get there. in your business, the rule of law business, it is about a quiet place, where people can evaluate without the pressure of the next election to get the right outcome for their fellow citizens. what i will do as judiciary chairman is everything i can to solve the problems that face our country and you and novel ways.
i will dedicate my time to preserving the rule of law. protecting those who come forward to serve, paying them adequately, and ensuring that we get the best and the brightest. the thing about our profession is people take it for granted until they need it. every lawyer in here has been the butt of a joke, until you need one. god bless you. [applause] >> today, senate cory booker is hosting a meet and greet with voters in des moines, iowa. live coverage starting at 4:00 p.m. eastern. the capital flight will be flown at half staff until sundown today in honor of john dingell, who served in the u.s. house from 1955 to 2015. a funeral mass will be held on tuesday in dearborn michigan for former congressman and on thursday, the funeral service
will be held in washington, d.c. former congressman john dingell was 92 years old. >> it seems to be happening just about every week that somebody, either a famous person or an ordinary man on the street, was getting subjected to social and foundemnation themselves in the middle of ashamed tornado for some kind of misbehavior. either genuine misbehavior or perceived misbehavior. kyl -- ppylons -- ile-ons were much bigger than they ever have been. experienced online shaming. she is our guest sunday on "q&a," 8 p.m. eastern. >> it was a tough decision to write this essay because it brought back what was really
very troubling almost dramatic experience in my life but the event was a headline i read in the new york times about a man who had committed suicide in a parked car in the west village and not been found for seven days. this poor fellow had the worst moment of his life was when he threw sandwich and a server at mcdonald's for giving him the wrong order and she turned out to be pregnant in this funny little story may the local newspapers, but it was at the top of his google search for the rest of his life from then on. after it happened in 2013. he couldn't get a job because anytime anyone googled his name this funny story came up and prospective employers thought i don't want to hire this guy. it ruined his life. shaming anders online some united hockey eastern on c-span's "q&a."