LA politicians weigh in on Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee

Updated: Jul. 9, 2018 at 11:22 PM CDT
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(KSLA) - Reaction to President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is pouring in.

That includes the Louisiana senators who will vote on his confirmation.

Sen. John Kennedy said in a statement:

“Judge Kavanaugh is obviously well-educated and has an impressive resume, but I look forward to getting to know him better throughout the confirmation process.  I want someone who’s smart, intellectually curious and willing to test their assumptions against the arguments of those who disagree with them. 

“During the Senate Judiciary hearings, I plan to delve into how he interprets a statute and how he would interpret the Constitution when it’s not clear.  I want to understand how he thinks the judiciary fits in the Madisonian balance of separation of powers.  I want to know if he respects the Bill of Rights and understands why we have a Bill of Rights.  You really can’t tell whether that standard can be reached until you have a confirmation hearing.  That’s why I look forward to a full and fair vetting process.”

Sen. Bill Cassidy called Kavanaugh a "solid pick."

"President Trump kept his promise, nominating a conservative faithful to the Constitution as written, recognized as having an excellent legal mind. We the Senate have the responsibility to examine his experience and temperament. I’ll meet with him, others will too, we’ll review his record, then vote on his confirmation. But based on his resume, his reputation, I suspect he’ll be confirmed," said Cassidy. 

Congressman Mike Johnson, of Bossier City, also called for a timely confirmation.

“Our system of government depends upon a Supreme Court that will faithfully uphold and apply the Constitution. President Trump has been given an opportunity to appoint another justice who will discharge this duty and restore constitutional conservatism to the court. We applaud his excellent decision today in nominating Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh’s experience more than qualifies him to fill Justice Kennedy's vacancy, and I hope to see a thorough and timely confirmation by the Senate.”

Johnson told KSLA News 12 that Kavanaugh is what the country needs - a justice who will interpret the law and not make new law from the bench.

"He has an extensive record that proves he is committed to the principles of originalism, the separation of powers and independent judiciary.

"And I really do believe he is going to restore fidelity to the rule of law."

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