U.S. Senate Sen. Mc Connell on Kavanaugh CSPAN July 11, 2018 12:32am-12:42am EDT
that he is quite simply the most qualified and deserving number supreme court of the united states. we are honored to bring him here to the united states and bring the important work the senate will do. >> thank you everyone. >> thank you everyone. thank you. >> the senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell and other senate leaders spoke to reporters about brett kavanaugh and the senate confirmation process sin they expect to hold the confirmation vote by the fall.
>> president trump has made a superb collection to service the associate justice of the supreme court of the united states. judge brett kavanaugh of the d.c. circuit, judge kavanaugh possesses an impressive resume, and outstanding legal mind ten exemplary judicial temperament. he served 12 years on those consequential circuit court. it is proven to be one of the most thoughtful jurists in our country. importantly that demonstrates an understanding of the proper role of our constitutional republic. he understands that in the united states of america, judges are not on elected super legislators we select with personal views or policy preferences. the duty is to interpret the plain meaning of our laws and
constitution according to how they are written. judges need to be unbiased. they need to treat all parties fairly. they need to approach every case with open ears and an open mind. judges decisions must turn on the facts of the case and be faced on the tax that is their job to interpret. judge kavanaugh is precisely that judge. his resume is top-notch. a bachelors degree from yale with honors, a law degree from yale where he was a member of the law review. he was at harvard law school where he was appointed by then dean and now justice, elena kagan. after graduating he built a reputation as a stall law clerk including with it justice
kennedy is a public servant he is one of the preeminent legal minds of his generation. in 2006 he was confirmed to the d.c. circuit. he has an extensive record and has published more than 300 opinions wears clear writing and reasoning. judge kavanaugh has built a long and distinguished record. he paints a clear picture of how he would conduct himself as a member of the nation's highest court. it's a firm understanding that judges interpret laws as they are written. we do not choose them to make policy. some of our colic see the role of judges differently. president obama summed up this ultimately well when he was running for president. he explained that he sought to
appoint judges who harbor particular empathy for certain parties in certain cases. that's great if you happen to be the party in the case with whom the judge likes. not so great if you are the other guy. we have it doesn't allow for the rule of law or what federal courts plan our democracy. so, i respectfully submit that then and now, some of our democratic colleagues seem to me to be confused. they seem to be confusing the nature of a political office with the nature of the judicial office. this would be explain why some of our colleagues were eager to turn judicial confirmations into political elections. to grill judge kavanaugh on
policy outcomes the like they likely grill all of us when we run for our seats in the senate. some democratic senators said they will heed the demands of the fairless left special interest groups and tried to make him commit under oath on decisions he might make. forget that the cases do not exist yet. forget the absence of legal arguments or research. forget how inappropriate and undesirable it would be for a judge to predetermine a ruling before either side uttered a single word. that is simply not how this process is overworked. wherever could work.
i am not the one saying this, here's what a prior supreme court nominee set on the subject. quote, a judge sworn to decide impartially can offer no forecast, no hints, that which showed only disregard of the. >> guest: specifics of the case but the same for the entire process. those are the words of another then d.c. circuit court judge and current supreme court justice, ruth bader ginsburg. that was during her senate confirmation to the supreme court in 1993. i think we should all remember that standard. we would do well to remember when evaluating a judge not evaluating someone for political office.
more regrettably, the number of our colleagues could not wait until the president's announcement before launching an attack on his nominee. in some cases this is quite literally a fill in the blank opposition. they wrote statements of opposition only to fill in the name later. sally, this is not a new approach. just like last year, just discourse sewage met before the ink was even dry on his nomination. sorry to say that judge kavanaugh has broken that record. democrats run record opposing him before he was even named. just fill in the name. whoever it is we are against. before the ink was even try on
justice kennedy's resignation. this is a sign that some of our colleagues throwing judgment out the window. there are outsourcing their thinking to far left special interest groups. if anybody is outsourcing, it's the democrats. outsourcing what they say to these groups who are demanding opposition. as i discussed on the floor yesterday, we know what the partisan playbook looks like. it's been hauled out for most everyone a republican president has nominated for the past 40 years. it's like clockwork. i fully anticipate will hear fantastic stories about the pain and suffering this perfectly
qualify judge will unleash on america if we confirm him to the court. that cheap political fear mongering insults the intelligence of the american people. because americans understand the difference between a political office and a judicial office. they know the difference between the policymakers who throw pitches in the judges who call balls and strikes. so, i look forward to the fair consideration of this most impressive nomination. i look forward to meeting with judge kavanaugh later this morning and hearing his testimony of voting on his confirmation ray here on the senate floor. >> madam president, last night president trump selected brett