A Nebraska senator sitting in on the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh dismisses the protests of Democrats and says he likes what he hears from the nominee.
Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican, doesn’t consider the Democrats’ request to delay the hearing so more documents can be reviewed to be serious, pointing out Brett Kavanaugh wrote more than 300 opinions while serving on the Court of Appeals in the Washington, D.C. District for 12 years.
“So, his record is big and broad and public and how he’ll act on the Supreme Court is evidenced by the papers that you can see in plain view of his 300 opinions,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Democrats made the request at the beginning of confirmation proceedings for Kavanaugh. Democrats also are seeking more documentation from when Kavanaugh served in the administration of President George W. Bush.
Sasse also is unsympathetic to calls from Democrats to delay considering Kavanaugh until after Special Counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Sasse says there is no precedent for such a delay.
President Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Anthony Kennedy as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Kennedy retired from the court.
As for Sasse, he says he wants to hear more of Kavanaugh’s views on executive power and the role precedence should play in Supreme Court decisions.
Sasse says confirmation hearings have two main goals.
“Does a nominee understand what the role of a judge is? And, number two, do they have the character and the temperament to limit their personal and policy views when they put on a judge’s robe?”
Sasse says Kavanaugh has the character needed to win nomination to the Supreme Court.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]