Kavanaugh ‘an inspired choice,’ Sullivan says


With Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearings slated to start Tuesday, Sen. Dan Sullivan on Sunday had nothing but good things to say about President Donald Trump’s pick.

“Look, I’ve known Brett Kavanaugh for a long time,” the Alaska Republican said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think he was an inspired choice. I think he’d make a great justice on the Supreme Court. He’s been an outstanding federal circuit court of appeals judge. He’s a man who’s got a lot of humility, which, as you know, is kind of a rare quality in this town.”

Kavanaugh has been hit repeatedly over his vocal support for legal precedent — a stance that has brought up questions regarding whether he vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, a major point of contention throughout Congress.

“I did talk to him about precedent,” Sullivan said. “Like Judge [Neil] Gorsuch, now Justice Gorsuch, he actually wrote a book on it. He’s been very focused on it. With regard to Roe v. Wade, I didn’t get into the details when I met with him, of asking about that.”

Several other lawmakers have highlighted Roe v. Wade as a sticking point for whether Kavanaugh gets their vote.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said in August that Kavanaugh has agreed that the 1973 Supreme Court abortion case was settled law.

“We talked about whether he considered Roe to be settled law,” Collins told CNNlast week. “He said that he agreed with what Justice [John] Roberts said at his nomination hearings, in which he said it was settled law.”

Collins has not yet said how she plans to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also met with Kavanaugh last month, but he said at the time that Kavanaugh did not mention his stance on the key case in establishing abortion law.

“I understand that the judge told other members [on Aug. 21] that he considered Roe v. Wade settled law. He did not say that to me,” Schumer said. “But that is not the important or decisive question. … Everything the Supreme Court decides is settled law until a majority of the Supreme Court decides to unsettle it.”

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