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President Donald Trump Monday announced his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the United State’s Supreme Court.  Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge, was the pick.  Kavanaugh is a well known figure in Republican politics working in the Bush White House and working with Ken Starr during the investigation into President Bill Clinton.  It will be up to the Senate now to confirm Kavanaugh and Democrats are likely to try and block the pick, despite what little power they wield to do so.  Both South Dakota senator’s John Thune and Mike Rounds have released statement’s praising the pick and seem excited about a rigorous nomination process.

Senator Thune Statement: 

“I commend President Trump for his selection of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial career has demonstrated his commitment to impartiality and faithful application of the Constitution. I look forward to sitting down with Judge Kavanaugh as we go through the confirmation process.

 

“Senate Democrats have already made it clear that they intend to listen to the far left of their party and fight this nominee regardless of his credentials. I encourage all of my colleagues to carefully review the qualifications of this nominee instead of trying to solicit his opinions on political issues, and to remember that the responsibility of a Supreme Court justice is to interpret the laws as written, not substitute political opinions for the law.”

 

Senator Mike Rounds Statement: 

“The president has announced his nominee, and now the Senate has a constitutional role of advice and consent. I take this responsibility very seriously. Confirming conservative, fair-minded judges who will adhere to the Constitution is one of the most important responsibilities of the United States Senate. I look forward to a thorough and rigorous confirmation process.”

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