July 19, 2005

CRAPO: JOHN ROBERTS EXCELLENT NOMINEE FOR HIGH COURT

Senator looks to fair confirmation process

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo commended the Presidentâ??s choice of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Roberts for the Supreme Court today and anticipates an evenhanded and speedy process in confirming him to administer justice under the Constitution. â??John Roberts is a great choice for a Supreme Court nomination, as he brings a breadth of experience both in private practice and public service and has demonstrated a strong ability to correctly interpret the Constitution,â?? Crapo said. â??Judge Roberts was confirmed by voice vote to the D.C. Court and the Senate can now look forward to confirming him with full confidence.â?? â??This is one of those rare and important processes that involves all three branches of government. Now that we have a nominee, I hope that the Senate can move forward with the confirmation process in a timely manner, one that provides for an up-or-down vote before the Supreme Court goes into a new session in October. As we learn more about Judge Roberts, he should be treated with respect and dignity through the process. This is an important task for the Senate and I pledge to do what I can to encourage and facilitate a timely discussion and confirmation.â?? The Roberts nomination will now go to the Senate Judiciary Committee for initial consideration and then to the full Senate for final confirmation.