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Iowa lawmakers react to Kavanaugh selection as Pres. Trump's SCOTUS nominee

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Iowa's elected leaders are giving their opinions on President Trump's Monday announcement in which Brett Kavanaugh was named as a potential replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

President Trump made the announcement on prime-time television from the White House.

Kavanaugh now faces the hurdle of approval by Congress, and one man who has an especially vital role in that process is U.S. Senator and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley from Iowa. Grassley's initial impression sounds like a good one, in a statement released Monday night: 

“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate. His credentials are well known, and he’s served with distinction as a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit for more than a decade. He is a superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate’s consideration.

“As we have always done when reviewing nominees for lifetime-appointed judgeships, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a fair and comprehensive evaluation of the nominee’s background and qualifications followed by hearings where we’ll hear directly from the nominee as we fulfill our advice and consent responsibility.”

- Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) Iowa

Fellow Iowa U.S. Senator Joni Ernst also sounds pleased with President Trump's selection. Sen. Ernst released the following statement on Kavanaugh:

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a highly-qualified, well-respected justice committed to the rule of law. He deserves a respectful and timely confirmation and I stand ready to offer advice and consent to Judge Kavanaugh as he moves through the confirmation process.

“With Iowa’s Senior Senator, Chuck Grassley, as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, we have a phenomenal leader overseeing the process to make sure it is smooth and done in a timely manner. Senator Grassley moved Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation through the process superbly, allowing plenty of time for both parties to participate and we did have a successful confirmation. Judge Kavanaugh deserves the same quick, yet comprehensive, process and I believe Senator Grassley will ensure the Supreme Court vacancy is filled in a way that respects the rule of law, as well as the individual being put forth for confirmation.

“I look forward to the next several months, where the Senate will have the opportunity to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

- Sen. Joni Ernst, (R) Iowa

 Read more on Kavanaugh, including possible tension across party lines that his selection could now set up.

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