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Shelby: Kavanaugh has done an “outstanding job” during confirmation hearings

Thursday, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said on social media that the Senate has already gotten more documents on Judge Brett Kavanaugh than it received on the previous five U.S. Supreme Court nominees combined and that the Senate should put aside unnecessary partisan political obstruction and move to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

“Delay attempts by Senate Democrats on confirming Judge Kavanaugh are baseless, as they have more access to material to evaluate him than for any previous nominee,” Sen. Shelby said. “More than 480,000 pages of documents submitted for Judge Kavanaugh’s time in the executive branch have been made available to every member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for review. In fact, the Judiciary Committee received more pages of executive branch material than for the previous five Supreme Court justice nominees combined. Judge Kavanaugh has done an outstanding job in his hearings this week. We must put aside unnecessary, partisan, political obstruction to move through regular order and confirm him.”

The Senate has already received 480,000 pages of documents on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. It only received 180,000 pages of documents on Trump’s previous nominee, Judge Neal Gorsuch, and just 170,000 pages of documents on Barack H. Obama’s (D) nominee, Elena Kagan. Both Kagan and Gorsuch were confirmed with bipartisan support.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee under Chairman Grassley conducted a thorough and transparent week of hearings allowing each senator ample time to thoroughly review the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

“Unfortunately, many committee Democrats and protestors attempted to turn the hearing into a circus,” Sanders continued. “Nonetheless, Judge Kavanaugh demonstrated exactly why President Trump nominated him. He showed his respect for the Constitution, impeccable qualifications, and extraordinary temperament. Judge Kavanaugh reinforced the bedrock principles of judicial independence and the rule of law. And we look forward to the judiciary committee completing its review and advancing his nomination.”

Alabama Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama) who says that he is still undecided on Kavanaugh has asked for more time to consider the nomination and study more documents.

“Texans are thrilled with the judges that have been confirmed with Neil Gorsuch, and we’re fixing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said. “The Democrats have thrown every punch they’ve got. They haven’t been able to manage to lay even a single glove on him. What they have had is an orchestrated effort with protestors screaming, and hollering, and disrupting the proceedings. The first day 70 people were arrested. About every minute, it seems somebody jumped up and began hollering. That as I understand it’s been reported that was directly coordinated with the Democratic Senators. I think that’s what their extreme left wing base demands, but I don’t think that’s what the American people want. The American people want justices on the Supreme Court who are going to be faithful to the Constitution, who are going to protect the Bill of Rights, protect our free speech, our religious liberty, our Second Amendment. And I think confirming Brett Kavanaugh continues with that ongoing commitment and it’s a major, major victory for the American people.”

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Senate Republicans hope to bring Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing up for a vote later this month.

Richard Shelby has served the people of Alabama in the Senate since his first election in 1986.  He is now serving in his sixth term.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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