American people have had a chance this week to hear directly from Supreme Court
nominee Brett Kavanaugh in what might be the longest nomination hearing in
Supreme Court history.
more than 32 hours, Kavanaugh has sat before the TV lights of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, fielding questions from our 21-member panel.
any measure, his testimony was outstanding.
the face of a coordinated effort by opponents to derail the hearing, Kavanaugh
was unflappable, showcasing his deep understanding of case law and legal
precedent, his judicial independence, and his unwavering fidelity to the
straightforward, patient, and articulate responses to questions outshined a
steady stream of outbursts and interruptions that I have not witnessed in
the 14 other Supreme Court nomination hearings that I have attended.
qualifications for the high court are unquestionable. He has been praised by
legal scholars, practicing attorneys, and community leaders from across the
more than 12 years of service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.
Circuit, the second-highest court in the land, earned him the highest rating
from the American Bar Association.
leaders previously have called the bar association rating the “gold
” for evaluating judicial candidates, and
they’ve acknowledged that nominees’ judicial records are the best
indication of their judicial philosophy. Despite this, many Democrats announced
their opposition to Kavanaugh within hours of his nomination—several weeks
before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing was even scheduled.
to point to any blemishes in his background or judicial record, they’ve turned
to criticizing the process.
complained that they didn’t have enough material to evaluate his years of
public service, and they’ve claimed that much of the material they do have
couldn’t be used to question the nominee.
have even publicly released legally restricted documents in defiance of
committee norms and Senate rules. But these acts are nothing more than
political stunts to distract from Kavanaugh’s impeccable credentials and to
placate the political left.
reality is that this committee received more records from Kavanaugh’s executive
branch service than from the previous five Supreme Court
committee has taken more time to evaluate this material than it has for
previous nominees. I’ve worked to ensure that more
people have more access
to this vast trove of information than
even offered 24/7 access to sensitive records to all senators, including
those who aren’t on the committee. For several weeks, I pledged to work with my
committee colleagues to responsibly release sensitive material they wished to
one Democrat took me up on this offer ahead of the hearing, my staff worked
through the night to facilitate 11th-hour requests from multiple Democrats
during the hearing—all of which were honored.
playing by the established rules doesn’t square with their talking points or
satisfy the radical left.
no question that Kavanaugh has a lengthy paper trail, which is why I’ve been committed
from the start to having the most transparent evaluation process in
history. This transparency has served to further underscore his
exceptional legal skills, thoroughness, independence, and unimpeachable
is, without a doubt, one of the most qualified and prepared candidates I have
ever encountered in my 38 years on the Judiciary Committee. He will make
an exceptional justice on the Supreme Court.