Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee in defense of Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and made a forceful argument for his confirmation.
Rice served with Kavanaugh inside the Bush administration and has known him for 17 years. Rice told the senators that the time she spent serving with Kavanaugh were “not easy times” but that her work with him was “a joy and a blessing.”
Many have given testimony to his extraordinary legal mind, the depth of his experience, his intellect and his good common sense. Here is the Brett Kavanaugh that I know. He has hardworking. He has a sense of humor. He seeks truth in facts. There are no details too small to gain his attention. He makes those around him better. Brett is wise. He is an old soul who is made to help study us and our complicated times. Brett is listless, especially with those who he disagrees.
Rice went on to say that Kavanaugh has the “indispensable” qualities that will make him a good Justice.
Rice said, speaking of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, “They carefully balanced powers and responsibilities between the three branches of government, knowing that human beings are fallible, they constructed institutions that both enable and constrain those who would govern us.”
She continued, “We take our rights very seriously, and we will go all the way to the Supreme Court if we think those rights have been violated. A democracy is only stable when there is that kind of trust in the institution.”
“As a girl born in segregated Alabama who grew up to be secretary of state,” Rice explained, “I know personally our country’s long journey to guarantee equal rights. I know the power of the Constitution, and I know the gift of our democracy. The Supreme Court is a crucial guardian, both of our Constitution and our democracy. That is why I am so honored to introduce Brett Kavanaugh for these hearings.”
Rice concluded, “Brett Kavanaugh will thoroughly and faithfully uphold the trust that is our heritage, the Constitution of the United States of America, the most remarkable government governing document in American history.”