United States Senator Ben Sasse praises Appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh as one of the most qualified nominees to the Supreme Court.
President Donald Trump, in a White House ceremony, announced he will nominate Kavanaugh, who sits on the District of Columbia United States Court of Appeals, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring. Kavanaugh clerked for Kennedy.
Kavanaugh told those gathered at the White House he is prepared to begin meeting with Senators.
“I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution,” Kavanaugh stated. “I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic.”
Kavanaugh said he would keep an open mind in every case before the court.
Among those in attendance during the White House ceremony was U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse
Sasse says Kavanagh understands the role of a judge.
“He puts on his black robe and he is cloaking his partisan preferences and his policy preferences, whatever he may believe as an individual; that’s not his job as a judge. His job as a judge is to enforce the law and to defend the individual rights of Americans under our constitutional system,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview.
Sasse is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and will sit in on the confirmation hearings. He expects a rough confirmation process ahead.
“There’s no apocalypse here,” Sasse says. “This is an opportunity to review a record and do basic civics and you see a whole bunch of people coming out and immediately condemning him.”
Sasse says certain liberal groups were prepared to oppose whoever Trump nominated to the court. He says one jumped the gun and sent ads out against the nominee before he was even revealed.
Sasse says there is a lot of homework ahead before any hearings begin. Sasse says he will be going through the 300 opinions Kavanaugh wrote while on the appellate bench. Sasse expects Kavanaugh to be confirmed by the Senate, eventually.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1 min.]