Senator Hatch vows to do everything in his power to confirm SCOTUS nominee


SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Now that President Trump made his selection for the nations highest court, a partisan battle is brewing in Washington.

The White House is pushing for a quick confirmation, but Republican senators have little room for error as Democrats are promising a fight to the end.

“I intend to do everything in my power, Madame President, to see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court,” said Senator Orrin Hatch, (R) Utah.

That determination is just as strong on the other side.

“The ramifications of this battle will last a generation and more. I’m going to fight this nomination with everything I’ve got,” said Senator Chuck Schumer, (D) New York.

President Trump’s pick is D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The 53-year-old Yale Law School graduate was a former clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Hatch says Kavanaugh has an exceptional record of fairly applying the law.

“He’s an honest, decent, honorable man who really will be a tremendous addition to the Supreme Court.”

But, Schumer warns of dire consequences.

“President Trump did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail. Nominate someone who will overturn women’s reproductive rights and strike down healthcare protections for millions of Americans.”

Senator Hatch says that is trash talk.

“It’s the same playbook we would have seen no matter who the president nominated. Because the opposition will not be about Judge Kavanaugh’s credentials or his qualifications, it will be about politics,” Hatch said.

Hatch will be meeting with Kavanaugh Wednesday morning.

He says he’s confident his colleagues will confirm him. They are shooting to have it done by October 1, 2018.

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