Murkowski speaks with Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh
Alaska’s senior U.S. senator sat down with President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee on Thursday, offering a glimpse into her thoughts on her potentially pivotal confirmation vote.
Murkowski spoke with D.C. Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He was named in July to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
His confirmation, which would replace Kennedy's "swing vote" with a fifth conservative vote in a Supreme Court majority, is poised to produce a bitter battle in the narrowly held (51-49) Republican Senate.
Murkowski bucked the Senate party line last year on a health care plan, but joined the GOP in approving a tax-reform bill after the addition of provisions opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
According to Murkowski, her “substantive conversation” with Kavanaugh spanned topics ranging from privacy and executive power to Indian law and health care.
“What I am seeking is a Supreme Court justice with the character, the intelligence, and the balance to impartially apply the law to the facts of the case,” Murkowski said. “Today’s meeting represents an important step in my vetting process. That process, however, has not concluded. I look forward to learning more about Judge Kavanaugh’s views during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September.”
Alaska’s other U.S. senator, Dan Sullivan, met with Kavanaugh just days after his nomination. Sullivan has already expressed support for his nomination, saying Kavanaugh “meets all of the qualifications of what the Senate should be looking for in terms of a confirmation process.”
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