Vice President Mike Pence took a moment to reflect on the past week’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during an interview that aired on “Fox News Sunday.”
Host Chris Wallace left the question open-ended, asking Pence only what he thought of the proceedings.
“What did you think of the confirmation hearings for judge Brett Kavanaugh?” he asked. “What did you think of some Democrats who decided to break the rules into release what were committee confidential documents, and how confident are you that he will be on the Supreme Court when it resumes in October?”
The vice president went on to give his assessment of Kavanaugh, saying, “What the American people saw in judge Brett Kavanaugh is a jurist just like President Trump promised to appoint. Someone of profound intellect. A judicial philosophy to interpret the laws of this country as written, interpret the Constitution as written.”
Pence’s assessment of the hearings — particularly the interruptions and protests — was much harsher. And he noted that Kavanaugh’s ability to weather the upheaval under intense pressure only further indicated that he was the right man for the job. He explained, “But [the American people] also saw, in what was at times a circus in that Judiciary Committee, people shouting behind them and histrionics in the Judiciary Committee among Democrat members. You saw a judge with the temperament to make it through this 12 hour hearing with such dignity.”
Based on Kavanaugh’s record and his presentation in the past week’s hearings, Pence said that the administration remains confident that he will be confirmed in short order.
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