Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Opening Remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Good morning, all.
From the White House: Excerpts from the opening remarks Judge Brett Kavanaugh will deliver later today in his opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2018
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Opening Remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee
Excerpts as prepared for Delivery
Over the past eight weeks, I have witnessed first-hand the Senate’s deep appreciation for the vital role of the American Judiciary.
At the White House on the night of the announcement, the President and Mrs. Trump were very gracious to my daughters, my wife, and my parents. My family will always cherish that night.
To me, Justice Kennedy is a mentor, a friend, and a hero. As a Member of the Court, he was a model of civility and collegiality. He fiercely defended the independence of the Judiciary. And he was a champion of liberty.
A good judge must be an umpire—a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy. … I don’t decide cases based on personal or policy preferences. I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge. I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge.
I have served with 17 other judges, each of them a colleague and a friend, on a court now led by our superb chief judge, Merrick Garland.
If confirmed to the Court, I would be part of a Team of Nine, committed to deciding cases according to the Constitution and laws of the United States. I would always strive to be a team player on the Team of Nine.