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Lawmakers react to Trump's Supreme Court nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh

Lawmakers react to Trump's Supreme Court nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh


WASHINGTON (ABC7) — President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday evening.

Democrats are already lining up against Kavanaugh as too conservative.

But Senate Majority Leader McConnell says senators should give him "the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command."

Below are reactions from Democrat and Republican lawmakers:

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Click here to read McConnell's full statement

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Click here to read Schumer's full statement

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

Read Kaine's full statement below:

“A Supreme Court nomination is the most consequential appointment that the Senate ever considers. As I have with nominees in the past, I will carefully review Judge Kavanaugh’s character, legal decisions, and writing to determine whether he should be confirmed to this crucial position. There are critical issues at stake, and four in particular I’ll be focusing on:

“Would Judge Kavanaugh respect rulings upholding the Affordable Care Act, which guarantees protections for Americans with preexisting conditions?

“As a longtime civil rights lawyer, I’m focused on whether Judge Kavanaugh would safeguard the civil rights of all Americans regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation and ensure that all are protected from discrimination.

“Would Judge Kavanaugh protect women’s freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions?

“And would Judge Kavanaugh be independent and willing to exercise appropriate checks against the Presidency, especially given this President’s alarming claims that he has the power to fire Special Counsel Mueller or pardon himself?

“I’m encouraging Virginians to send me feedback on what they’re looking for in a Supreme Court justice, and I won’t make a final decision until I have met one-on-one with Judge Kavanaugh and observed his performance in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. It could have catastrophic consequences if Leader McConnell rushes to confirm a nominee. There should not be a vote until the American public has a chance to speak in November.”

Virginia GOP nominee for U.S. Senate Corey Stewart (R-Va.)

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