Arizona lawmakers weigh in on president’s Supreme Court nominee

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President Donald Trump greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington. (Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Donald Trump greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington. (Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh (Source: AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File) Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh (Source: AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Within moments of President Donald Trump's announcement that he is nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Arizona lawmakers started commenting.

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Congressman Andy Biggs, represents Arizona's Fifth Congressional District, including parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Queen Creek, was the first to issue a statement.

"I commend President Trump for again keeping his promise to nominate a Supreme Court candidate who follows the intent of our Constitution and not legislate from the bench," he said. "I give my unequivocal endorsement to Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

"America's constitution stands at a crossroads, and each Supreme Court vacancy represents a critical juncture between adherence to our founders' designs or a misguided reliance on the Constitution as a ‘living document,' he continued. "I'm urging our Senators to swiftly confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh."

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Sen. Jeff Flake, who announced in October that he will not re-election, made his statement a few moments later.

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"As I have said before, approving a nominee who will interpret the Constitution rather than legislate from the bench should be our top priority," he said. "I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record throughout the confirmation process."

Flake's predecessor, former Sen. Jon Kyle, will be shepherding Kavanaugh through the confirmation process, the White House announced early Monday. That process can take anywhere from several days to several weeks.

Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated by Trump on Jan. 31, 2017 and confirmed by the Senate on April 7, 2017 -- 66 days later.

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Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, who currently serves Arizona's Ninth Congressional District and is hoping to win a seat in the Senate, also released a statement.

"Our forefathers placed a strong and independent judiciary at the core of our democracy. In Arizona, we take the responsibility of this independence seriously," she said. "As a nominee to sit on our nation's highest court, Judge Kavanaugh should be judged by his body of work and the judgment of his peers, not by political measures. He should demonstrate that he will uphold the law without fear or favor and will adhere to the basic legal principle of respect for settled law."

Congresswoman Marth McSally, who represents Arizona's Second Congressional District and, like Sinema, is mounting a Senate campaign, voiced her support for Kavanaugh.

"President Trump has selected a highly qualified nominee, she said. "Judge Brett Kavanaugh's history of interpreting the Constitution in a method faithful to the Framers' original design is a crucial part of his background. Our constitution was designed to promote self-government, ordered liberty and equality under the law, and I look forward to learning more about Judge Brett Kavanaugh's interpretation as the Senate moves through the confirmation process.

"If Kyrsten Sinema is elected to the US Senate, she will vote with Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer to oppose and obstruct the President and his judicial nominees every chance she gets," she continued. "I will work with the President to confirm conservative, qualified nominees who will protect our values."


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