MORE REACTIONS: Statement on confirmation, "highly-intelligent, supremely qualified Judge"
NATION - Duncan Statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh
“I applaud the Senate for voting to proceed to debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court Justice. I am proud of the Senators who have looked at the facts to reach the conclusion that he has the character and qualifications to sit on the bench. I want to encourage Senators that may be wavering to do the right thing for the American people and vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice. This is the right thing to do – let’s get it done for the American people.”
- Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3rd-Laurens County)
Rep. Duncan on the Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh
Laurens – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) praised the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court:
“Congratulations to Brett Kavanaugh, a highly-intelligent, supremely qualified Judge on his confirmation to the Supreme Court bench. This confirmation is long overdue, and also extremely saddening that his good name and reputation were destroyed by the Democrats and many in the media. Many Democratic Senators opposed him within the hour of President Trump’s announcement, signaling that they didn’t really care about his record, his rulings, or his judicial philosophy. Right from the very start, this process was not about advice and consent – it was about political power. As a result, Judge Kavanaugh has suffered, his family has suffered, and our nation has suffered through this grueling process.
“I commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for taking thorough and exhaustive measures to investigate 11th-hour allegations against Judge Kavanaugh – allegations that always need to be taken seriously. After extensive research and supplemental investigations, the facts pointed to partisan attempts to tarnish a man’s reputation and derail a nomination, and not anything in Judge Kavanaugh’s past. Chairman Grassley and his team did an excellent job separating facts from feelings, and I couldn’t be happier with the job they did working against constant false narratives and obstruction by Democrats and legal teams.
“I am proud to now call Brett Kavanaugh an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. I am thankful for his willingness to serve after going through one of the worst smear campaigns in the history of the country.”
“I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is essential to our constitutional republic. If confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.” – Brett Kavanaugh, Wall Street Journal
SCGOP LEADERS REACT TO KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION
Columbia - In the wake of the recent confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court, the South Carolina Republican Party released the following statements from Republican leaders:
SCGOP State Chairman Drew McKissick:
"The nomination and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh is yet another promise made and promise kept for President Trump. He promised to nominate great constitutional conservatives to the judiciary, and he has delivered! He deserves great credit for not only nominating him, but sticking with him as liberals tried to crucify him. Both South Carolina Senators Graham and Scott deserve our thanks for standing up for him in the Senate in the face of such radical opposition."
"The liberal hysteria surrounding the process has shown average Americans in the political middle what an incredible bunch of radicals they really are. The more shameful they act, the more they push voters into our camp."
"The complete circus that the Democrats made out of the Kavanaugh confirmation process has become to this election what Hillary Clinton was in 2016. It spelled out in very bold colors for Republicans just exactly what is at stake in November - and it lit a fire under them. It will drive record level Republican turnout for a mid-term election."
US Senator Lindsey Graham:
"Judge Brett Kavanaugh was just confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the Supreme Court. I was proud to vote YES in support of his confirmation. Judge Kavanaugh is exactly the right person at the right time. He's a conservative jurist with the background and experience worthy of this high honor. As I said from the moment President Trump nominated him, Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most highly qualified people ever to be nominated to serve on the Court. I appreciate my colleagues in the Senate who voted to confirm him today. And finally, I'm grateful to President Trump for the good judgment in selecting Judge Kavanaugh, and I appreciate the President's determination in seeing the nomination through to Victory!"
US Senator Tim Scott:
"One of the greatest honors of my life is being able to serve the people of South Carolina in the United States Senate. Today, once again, history called on the Senate to fulfill the duties given to us by the Constitution - to advise and consent on a Supreme Court nomination. I proudly voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land and look forward to seeing him sworn in as the court's ninth justice. Nothing from the FBI report I read myself corroborates any of the allegations laid out against Judge Kavanaugh. I have full faith and expectation that Judge Kavanaugh will continue his sterling thirteen-year judicial record of integrity, impartiality, fairness, a devotion to the rule of law, and honoring the founding father's original constitutional intent."