Officials released statements after President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice.
Senator Bob Corker said, “The Supreme Court plays a crucial role in our democracy, and the process of advice and consent on presidential nominations is one of the most serious responsibilities we have as United States senators. For more than 12 years, Judge Kavanaugh has served honorably on the federal bench, hearing critical cases before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a well-respected jurist who understands the importance of upholding the Constitution and applying the law in a fair and independent manner. I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh during the confirmation process.”
Senator Lamar Alexander said, “The president has nominated a well-qualified jurist. Unfortunately, the Senate has gotten into a bad habit of treating good people as ‘innocent until nominated.’ Instead, I hope this confirmation process will be conducted with dignity and respect so that we may learn more about Judge Kavanaugh’s character, temperament and attitudes."
Senator David Perdue said, “President Trump has again fulfilled his promise to the American people and put forward an outstanding nominee to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Throughout his remarkable legal career, Brett Kavanaugh has shown a commitment to upholding our country’s Constitution. These principles are the bedrock of our nation and have made the United States exceptional since its founding.
“Judge Kavanaugh has an impressive academic and legal background. He graduated from Yale Law School, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, served as staff secretary for President George W. Bush, and served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for more than a decade. Judge Kavanaugh understands the long-lasting impact Supreme Court decisions have on our nation, and I look forward to meeting with him soon.”
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said, “I applaud President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive record of proven, conservative ideology will be essential in the future decisions of the Supreme Court. In such a pivotal time in our nation’s history, let us remember that the role of the Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution as our Founding Fathers intended, and I believe that Judge Kavanaugh will carry out this role faithfully. Over the weeks to come, I hope that the Senate acts quickly to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.”
Diane Black, gubernatorial candidate for Tennessee, said, "I applaud President Trump for choosing to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. While Mr. Kavanaugh's qualifications to defend the constitution and uphold the law speak for themselves, his conservative perspective is one the high court sorely needs. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to quickly confirm him, and I look forward to seeing the ways he impacts the court."