Heitkamp visits with high court nominee Kavanaugh


In this Aug. 1, 2018, photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh’s record suggests he would vote to support abortion restrictions if he joins the high court. But it’s not clear if he would go as far as some abortion rights advocates fear […]

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday, to discuss his nomination.

The two visited for about 75 minutes.

In a statement after the meeting, Heitkamp said, “Judge Kavanuagh and I had a thorough and substantive discussion about the importance of the rule of law, precedent, ethical standards at the U.S. Supreme Court, reaching more consensus on the Court, and avoiding activism from the bench so the Court is shielded from politics. I learned more about his judicial record and temperament – which will also hopefully become clearer during his Senate hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

That hearing will start September 4th and last three to four days.

Heitkamp is one of three Democratic senators up for re-election this fall in states that voted strongly for Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

The trio voted to confirm the previous high court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, in 2017.

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