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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Isakson Announces Support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Praises nomination to U.S. Supreme Court in Senate remarks

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate praising the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and announcing his support.

“There’s no better person to do the job,” said Isakson. “Brett Kavanaugh is the real deal.”

Isakson praised Kavanaugh’s distinguished education from Yale, where he graduated cum laude. He also applauded his training of his judicial clerks, 39 of whom have gone on to clerk for the Supreme Court, including new 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Britt Grant of Georgia, who was confirmed by the Senate on July 31.

Isakson also noted that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan hired Kavanaugh as the Samuel Williston Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School.

“He’s written so much that has been copied by other courts and adopted as a part of the law, that it is a great testament to his ability and his intellect,” Isakson continued.

Isakson also highlighted the strong character and sense of justice required for a Supreme Court judge, and the importance of “doing what is right, even when no one is looking and regardless of the answer you have to give.”

He continued by reminding senators that the Supreme Court is one-third of our three-legged stool of government, and that the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of the judicial branch.

“I want a level-headed person… making those decisions,” Isakson said. “I think the following qualifies [Kavanaugh] as a level-headed person: More than a dozen times, his opinions have been endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court, his 100 most-cited opinions have been cited by more than 210 judges across the country, [and] more than 50 circuit court opinions discuss or cite his concurrences or dissents.”

“That’s a pretty high testimony to a man of his youth, a man of his experience,” said Isakson.

Isakson went on to describe his first brief encounter with Judge Kavanaugh, who entered the U.S. Capitol with a slew of reporters and others in the middle of a rainy day and immediately stopped to meet Isakson and greet him by name.

Isakson then described their formal meeting in Isakson’s office on July 17, when they discussed baseball, politics and their love of America.

“So that’s why I’m going to vote for Brett Kavanaugh to confirm him to the United States Supreme Court,” Isakson concluded. “He’s a regular guy. He’s a brilliant man. He cares about his country deeply. He believes in his country and feels a responsibility he wants to assume at this time in life. I can’t think of any better reason to vote for him. I’m going to vote for him with pride, and I encourage my fellow senators… to join me as well.”

Isakson attended a formal nomination ceremony for Kavanaugh at the White House on July 9.

Isakson’s full remarks are available to view online here.