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Trump picks Kavanaugh

Mitch McConnell tells Senate colleagues to 'put partisanship aside' while considering Kavanaugh

In a glowing statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, "a superb choice," and urged his fellow senators to "put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command."

Kavanaugh is "impressive" and "extremely well qualified" to serve on the Supreme Court, McConnell said, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge has a "firm understanding of the role of a judge in our Republic: Setting aside personal views and political preferences in order to interpret our laws as they are written." McConnell, who blocked former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick of Judge Merrick Garland, added that he looks forward to "the Senate's fair consideration of his nomination," and to meeting with Kavanaugh.