What they're saying in Maryland about SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump nominated Marylander Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Monday evening. Here’s what some Maryland leaders are saying about the choice:

» Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, posted a statement to Twitter questioning Kavanaugh’s fairness: “Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice who will stand up for liberty and justice for all — not someone picked from a list compiled by right-wing organizations to do their bidding. Kavanaugh does not meet that basic standard of fairness and impartiality, and I cannot support him.”

» But Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, called Kavanaugh “a fine choice” to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and in a Tweet expressed hope that he would be confirmed by the Senate “without delay.” “Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant legal mind, and is well suited to follow in the footsteps of Justice Kennedy, for whom he previously clerked.”

» Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a Tweet: “We must have a Justice who will apply the law fairly even for the most vulnerable among us, and not interpret it to protect the privileges of the most powerful. Judge Kavanaugh will not be that Justice.”

» Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer said in a statement: “I strongly urge Senators on both sides of the aisle – especially those who have come together before to defeat efforts to repeal the ACA and roll back reproductive health care rights – to defeat this nomination.”

» In a statement, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said: “President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court could have a profound impact on American life for the next generation. … With so much at stake, we must make sure each Supreme Court justice can fulfill his or her Constitutional duty to strictly interpret the law and not serve as pawns of the Executive Branch.”

» Sen. Ben Cardin, also a Democrat, said in a statement that he was “gravely concerned” about Kavanaugh’s willingness to defer criminal investigations and prosecutions of presidential misconduct until after President Trump leaves office. “The Supreme Court was designed as an independent check and balance against both the executive and legislative branches of government,” he wrote. “It should not be a rubber stamp on the extreme partisan positions of the president.”

» Ben Jealous, the Democratic candidate for governor, said of the nomination: "We are now facing the most conservative Supreme Court in a generation."

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