Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., met with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and doubled down on his support of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Rubio met with Kavanaugh on Wednesday and, after their meeting, said he would back the nomination.
“Even before meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, it was evident that he is a qualified, mainstream jurist who possesses the right temperament and experience to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Of course, some of those characteristics apply to many in the federal judicial system today, including those who believe it is appropriate for judges to craft new policies and rights,” Rubio said after the meeting.
“During my conversation with Judge Kavanaugh, he articulated an unwavering commitment to original intent, judicial restraint, and the understanding that the Supreme Court should be a ‘trier of law’ appellate court and not a ‘trier of fact’ trial court,’ Rubio added. “His answers reflected what the American people voted for when they elected the president and a Republican-controlled Senate less than two years ago. I intend to support his nomination because of his stated commitment to interpreting and defending the Constitution as written.”
Rubio’s support should come as no surprise. When Trump nominated Kavenaugh in July, the Florida Republican quickly praised the selection and urged Democrats to back him.
“Brett Kavanaugh is a qualified, mainstream jurist who possesses the right temperament and experience for the position, and I’m pleased to see his nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court,” Rubio said at that time. “My decision on whether to ultimately support Kavanaugh’s nomination will be based on his commitment to original intent, judicial restraint, and the understanding that the Supreme Court is a ‘trier of law’ appellate court and not a ‘trier of fact’ trial court. This is critically important because too many in the federal judicial system today believe it is appropriate for judges to craft new policies and rights instead of interpreting and defending the Constitution as written.
“Regrettably, Senate Democrats made up their minds to oppose this nomination long before tonight’s announcement. I would remind them that just over a year-and-a-half ago the American people elected the president and a Republican-controlled Senate,” Rubio added. “Nevertheless, I am hopeful for a fair and thorough confirmation process as the Senate carefully examines and deliberates Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.”
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.
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