By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby met with Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh Monday and offered his unequivocal support, saying the judge is a great selection for the benhc because he will uphold conservative values on the court.
“After speaking with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, I am confident that he is principled, intelligent, and a steadfast supporter of the rule of law,” Shelby said. “He is highly-qualified for this role and exhibits strong, conservative values and an unwavering commitment to our Constitution. I have no doubt that Judge Kavanaugh will uphold the principles on which our nation was founded.
Kavanaugh has been making his rounds around Capitol Hill after President Donald Trump’s nomination for him to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Republicans on Capitol Hill are consolidating support around Kavanaugh because of his consistent conservative record on the bench.
“Confirming Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most important things we will do during this Congress. I look forward to supporting his nomination to serve on our nation’s highest court, and I urge my colleagues to do the same,” Shelby continued.
While Shelby is convinced, his Democratic colleague Sen.Doug Jones is not. Jones recently told Alabama Daily News he hadn’t made up his mind over Kavanaugh and is keeping an “open mind” while he looks over his past record.
Jones said he wants to watch Kavanaugh’s testimony to the Judiciary Committee and review documents from his time as staff secretary in the White House under former President George W. Bush.
“The president nominated him with a full knowing of his background and I would like to see them just say look, okay, we’re going to start when we get the information,” Jones said. “And, unfortunately, when there is such pushback on that from a lot of cynical people in Washington D.C. It raises questions and I have not gotten to that point yet.”
Kavanaugh currently serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and teaches at Harvard Law School. He previously clerked for Justice Kennedy at the Supreme Court.