WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued this statement regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
“Judge Kavanaugh has a strong background of legal experience and knowledge and I congratulate him on this high honor. I take seriously my constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review this nomination. As that review is conducted, I have long said that judges at every level of our judicial system must look first and foremost to the Constitution for guidance in all legal matters and interpret it as it is written. Judges must not engage in creating new law by judicial activism from the bench. I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh once the confirmation process moves forward.”
A graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, Kavanaugh has clerked on the Third and Ninth Circuits, as well as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Additionally, Kavanaugh served a one-year fellowship with Solicitor General of the United States, Ken Starr. Having served as Senior Associate Counsel, Associate Counsel and White House Staff Secretary to President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh was confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on May 26, 2006.
If confirmed, he will succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy who announced he will retire from the Supreme Court on July 31. The confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh will commence on a schedule to be announced later by the Senate Judiciary Committee..
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