Interview: Former House Judiciary Chair Rep. Lamar Smith on Kavanaugh nomination to SCOTUS
Now that Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated to the Supreme Court, his confirmation process is under way. I sat down with Rep. Lamar Smith, a member and past chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Here’s what he had to say about Brett Kavanaugh.
REP. SMITH: Quite frankly, I don’t think we can have anyone more qualified than Judge Kavanaugh. He’s been a federal judge over 10 years on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals which is considered second only to the Supreme Court. He’s been in public service for 25 years, counting stints at the White House and independent counsel, graduated from Yale Law School— and I hope that those on the other side of the aisle will resist the temptation to smear such an honorable, decent, well-qualified individual.
BORIS: Do you think his position on Roe v. Wade will be helpful to him to get confirmed?
REP. SMITH: Clearly, he is a Judge who has made comments about Roe v. Wade but he’s also written a book on the importance of precedent. I think a lot of legal scholars don't expect him to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, although I think a lot of the Democratic Senators are using that as a scare tactic, I think it’s probably unlikely it would be completely overturned.
BORIS: Do you think Judge Kavanaugh ends up being confirmed?
REP. SMITH: I do think the Judge ends up being confirmed. I think his reputation, his decency, his record, and the way he’s handled himself over the years really will make him the prohibitive choice to be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.
Here's the Bottom Line: It is the Senate’s job to provide advice and consent on the president’s judicial nominees. There’s no question that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is perfectly qualified to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Let’s hope he is confirmed without delay.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.