1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R) Alaska:
"I had not really dug into Judge Cavanagh's record, was going to wait until the president made clear who his pick was going to be. And so now that I know, I've got my team doing the digging and we'll be jumping into it along with the rest of the country."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R) Alaska:
"I'm going to be asking for my own sit down with him. I've never met him so I'm anxious to meet him and to be able to visit with him one-on-one. So there's some work that we all have in front of us and I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work."
Washington - 10 July 2018
3. Democratic Senators walk to podium
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader:
"Not only did Mr. Kavanaugh say that a president should not be subpoenaed. He said a president shouldn't be investigated. Mr. Kavanaugh, is the president above the law? And he went even further and made the incredulous statement that if the president deemed a law to be unconstitutional, he shouldn't follow it. That would be bad if anyone were president. But with Donald Trump who has shown so little respect for rule of law, for balance of power, for dispersion of power this is extremely dangerous."
5. Various of senators speaking to press
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Cory Booker, (D) New Jersey:
"This is astonishing to me that you now have the president the United States, amidst all the people in the United States of America, the thousands of judges he could've picked for, even the 20 plus people he could have picked on his list, he chose the one person that has written that he should have immunity from any investigation and from any kind of prosecution that might result. This to me is astonishing and not only that, it should not be allowed."
Washington - 10 July 2018
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7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Chris Coons, (D) Delaware:
"I am concerned about his views of executive power and I'm concerned that he may well be the deciding vote on issues around the ongoing Mueller investigation. So I think that's well worth following up."
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. John Kennedy, (R) Louisiana:
"I like what I see. I'm going to do my job on Judiciary (Committee.) That's why God made the confirmation process, is for us to be able to ask hard questions. But I'm disappointed that some of my colleagues have just dismissed Judge Kavanaugh out of hand. I think they ought to give the man a chance."
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. John Kennedy, (R) Louisiana:
"You know I'm going to hold him to the same standard I held judge Gorsuch, now Justice Gorsuch. I want a cross between Socrates and Dirty Harry. I want a person of wisdom, but also someone who has the courage of his convictions. I want to know what's in his head. But I also want to know what's in his heart."
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D) Vermont:
"He has said in the past that he doesn't think a president should be distracted by criminal laws even if he's broken a criminal law. I was a prosecutor for eight years. I didn't think anybody was above the law."
US Senators began debating the merits of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday
A day after Trump announced his choice, Democrats expressed concerns that Kavanaugh has previously stated that a sitting president should not be subpoenaed or investigated.
"I am concerned about his views of executive power and I'm concerned that he may well be the deciding vote on issues around the ongoing Mueller investigation," Senate Democrat Chris Coons said.
Yet Republicans are urging their Democratic colleagues to "give him a chance." Senator John Kennedy said he's disappointed some Democrats have "dismissed Judge Kavanaugh out of hand."
The Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The two have supported access to abortion services.
Murkowski said Tuesday she would be asking for a meeting with Kavanaugh, adding that she looked forward to rolling up her sleeves and getting to work.