Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Senate Judiciary Committee
July 19, 2018
Good morning. Today, we hope to vote on
all the nominees on the agenda today, including four circuit nominees. I spoke
about some of them last week, so I won’t spend a lot of time discussing these
nominations today, but I’m pleased to support all of their nominations.
Britt Grant to the 11th
Circuit is a well-respected judge in Georgia who has a clear record of being
fair and impartial to all the parties who come before her.
David Porter to the 3rd
Circuit is a well-respected attorney in Pennsylvania who has decades of
experience handling complex commercial, regulatory, and constitutional matters
in state and federal court, including the 3rd Circuit.
Judge Quattlebaum to the 4th
Circuit has excellent credentials, as well. He secured nominations from both
President Obama and President Trump. Throughout his legal career, he has
received several awards for his leadership and legal work.
Finally, Mr. Richardson also to the 4th
Circuit will make an excellent appellate judge. He has a broad range of legal
experience—he’s handled complex civil litigation and he currently serves as the
Deputy Criminal Chief of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District
of South Carolina. He led the prosecution of Dylann Roof, who killed 9 people
who had welcomed him into their Bible study.
Before we turn to today’s agenda, I’d
like to speak briefly on the Supreme Court nomination. Judge Kavanaugh is one
of the most respected jurists in the country. He’s among the most qualified
candidates to ever come before the Senate. I look forward to carefully
reviewing his record.
Our process in the Senate Judiciary
Committee will be thorough, modern, and efficient. We’ll use newer tools to
review more material than we ever have before. All members of this committee
will have far greater visibility into his record and judicial thinking than
they have had with any previous nominee. And with this extra visibility, I can
foresee no reason to stray from the timelines of previous high court
nominations. We completed our work on the nomination of Justices Kagan and
Gorsuch within 70 days. So, I expect to do the same in this case.
now turn to Senator Feinstein for her remarks.