Josh Hawley Statement on Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court

Oct. 6, 2018

Josh Hawley Statement on Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States:

“After a startling and unprecedented smear campaign, the Senate has done the right thing today by confirming Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He is a pro-Constitution conservative with an outstanding judicial record. He’s exactly the kind of Justice Missourians elected Donald Trump to put on the bench. I look forward to his service on the highest court.

“Senator McCaskill’s refusal to back Judge Kavanaugh is a betrayal of the people of Missouri. And her support for the disgraceful smear campaign carried out by her party indicates just how far she is willing to go to seize power, and how eager she is to overturn the 2016 election. Now her party is pledging to impeach Justice Kavanaugh. This radical obstruction and resistance will never stop—until we defeat Senator McCaskill at the polls. With the Senate in the balance, her defeat is now the urgent need of the hour for those who want to save this country.”

McCaskill Consistently Bad on Judges

Claire McCaskill Endorsed All Three Of Obama’s Supreme Court Nominees The Day They Were Nominated

Sonia Sotomayor Was Nominated For The Supreme Court On May 26, 2009. (“Obama nominates Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court, CNN, 5/26/09)

  • McCaskill Endorsed Sotomayor For The Supreme Court On May 26, 2009. “‘She has accomplished great things in her life through the all-American values of discipline, hard work, and integrity. I’m especially glad she has experience as a courtroom prosecutor and a trial judge. There hasn’t been a person with more experience nominated in decades. She will be a terrific Supreme Court justice,’ McCaskill said.” (Sen. Claire McCaskill, “McCaskill Statement On United States Supreme Court Nominee,” Press Release, 5/26/09)

Elena Kagan Was Nominated For The Supreme Court On May 10, 2010. (President Barack Obama, “One Of The Nation’s Leading Legal Minds: The President Nominates Elena Kagan For The Supreme Court’,” Press Release, 5/10/10)

  • McCaskill Endorsed Kagan For The Supreme Court On May 10, 2010. “‘Elena Kagan is a true legal scholar. She is well respected by her colleagues, both conservative and liberal, and has shown she has an unparalleled legal mind and a commitment to public service. Just a year ago, she was confirmed by the Senate with bipartisan support for a position in which she represents the American people in front of the highest court in the land, experience I know will translate well to serving on the other side of the bench,’ McCaskill said.” (Sen. Claire McCaskill, “McCaskill Statement on Supreme Court Nomination of Elena Kagan,” Press Release, 5/10/10)

Merrick Garland Was Nominated On March 16, 2016. (President Barack Obama, “Remarks By The President Announcing Judge Merrick Garland As His Nominee To The Supreme Court,” Obama White House Archive, 3/16/16)

  • McCaskill Said Garland’s Nomination Shouldn’t Be Political And The Vacancy Needs To Be Filled On March 16, 2016. “U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) said the appointment should not be political and the vacancy needs to be filled.” (“Missouri Officials Divided On SCOTUS Justice Nominee,” Ozarks First, 3/16/16)

McCaskill Voted For 100 Percent Of Obama’s Judicial Nominees

From 2009 To 2016, McCaskill Did Not Cast A Single Vote Against An Obama Judicial Nomination. “McCaskill did not cast a single vote against an Obama judicial nomination from 2009 to 2016.” (Washington Examiner, 4/6/17)

McCaskill Has Been Wrong on the Last 6 Supreme Court Nominees

  • Running For Senate, McCaskill Said She Would Have Opposed Samuel Alito’s Nomination. (Associated Press, 1/21/06)
  • McCaskill Voted To Confirm Elena Kagan To Be An Associate Justice Of The U.S. Supreme Court. (CQ Vote #229: Confirmed 63-37: R 5-36; D 56-1; I 2-0, 8/5/10, McCaskill Voted Yea)
  • McCaskill Voted To Confirm Sonia Sotomayor To Be An Associate Justice Of The U.S. Supreme Court. (CQ Vote #262: Confirmed 68-31: R 9-31; D 57-0; I 2-0, 8/6/09, McCaskill Voted Yea)
  • McCaskill Supported President Obama’s Nominee, Merrick Garland. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/13/16)
  • McCaskill Voted Against Confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court. (New York Times, 4/7/17)
  • McCaskill Opposes The Nomination Of Judge Brett Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court. (Politico, 9/19/18)