Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who will preside over the committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, lauded the federal judge as an "outstanding" choice by President Donald Trump and said he's committed that she gets a "challenging, fair, and respectful hearing."
"We move forward on this nomination knowing that the President has picked a highly qualified individual who will serve our nation well on the highest court in the land," the South Carolina Republican said on Twitter Saturday after Trump officially announced the nomination during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House.
Fox News reported that Graham is expected to speak with Barrett tonight and that she will be meeting with Senate leaders in upcoming days.
Barrett's nomination was met with praise by several GOP lawmakers Saturday afternoon, who praised her experience and commended Trump for his choice:
- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.: "Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one of the finest legal minds of her generation and has now proven to be a wise judge as well. I congratulate Judge Barrett on her nomination and I commend President Trump for another outstanding choice. The Senate voted to confirm Judge Barrett to the Court of Appeals not even three years ago; since then, she has exceeded our high expectations for faithfully applying the law and upholding our Constitution. I, therefore, look forward to voting promptly for Judge Barrett next month and confirming her to the highest court in the land."
- Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana: "Barrett is well-qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, with sterling personal credentials and an impressive professional record. Even in these polarized times, the Senate confirmed her to the Seventh Court of Appeals in 2017 with bipartisan support. I look forward to the Senate confirming her once again and, when that happens, will be proud of Indiana being so well represented on our nation’s highest court."
- Sen. John Barrasso R-Wyoming: "(The Senate) will give Judge Barrett full and fair consideration, and a timely vote on the Senate floor."
- Sen Joni Ernst, R-Iowa: "Today, Judge Amy Coney Barrett joins a growing, but still far too small, group of women nominated to serve on our nation's highest court ... I look forward to meeting with and vetting Judge Barrett for this nomination. She deserves a fair and honest confirmation process and I hope my colleagues across the aisle will work with us to make that happen.
- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.: "Less than three years ago, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed on a bipartisan basis as a judge on the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. I was pleased to vote for her then, and I expect to support her confirmation as a justice on the Supreme Court."
Despite her support from Senate Republicans, who are likely to vote Barrett through, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicted the confirmation process will turn "nasty."
"Too many on the Left (and sadly, some on the Right as well) want judges who will substitute their own will for the law," Sasse said. "Judge Barrett is not that kind of judge. She believes her duty isn’t to arbitrarily slop applesauce on stone tablets and declare new laws — her duty is to cloak her personal views under a black robe and to faithfully uphold the Constitution. That makes her a problem to rabid partisans and an ally to the rule of law."
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