On Friday Vice President Mike Pence addressed the RNLA and issued a call to action to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Vice President Pence stated:
We're going to fight to take his case all the way to confirmation. We need your help. We need your continued engagement. We need the RNLA, not just those of you who came to the lunch today, but your 6,000 members, who are leaders in your community, to get out and spread the word among your peers. Spread the word in every state in the nation. Get the word to every Senator from every state about what Judge Brett Kavanaugh brings.
He also spoke on the qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh:
Judge Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School, fellow in the United States Solicitor General’s office, clerked in the Third Circuit, and then he clerked for the man who he would be replacing on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy. He also served as Associate Counsel at the White House. And since 2006 served on what many regard as the second highest court in the land, the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia.
During his time on the bench, Judge Kavanaugh has been called a judges’ judge. A stunning 39 of his 48 clerks have gone on to clerk at the Supreme Court. His peers in the judiciary rightly see him as a thought leader. His opinions are cited by courts across the country on a regular basis. And the Supreme Court has endorsed Judge Kavanaugh’s opinions more than a dozen times. I think that’s worth a round of applause.
And the truth is Judge Brett Kavanaugh has established a record of enormous weight and credibility on the bench. He’s written 307 opinions and they have proven not only the strength of his intellect but also you can see he has a crystal clear judicial philosophy and fidelity to the Constitution of the United States. Judge Kavanaugh has proven his support for our first freedom, religious liberty. He stood for the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms. He's always enforced the Constitution's clear and unambiguous limits on government power, upholding the separation of powers, checks and balances, the principle of federalism that’s essential to our freedom. The truth is, Judge Brett Kavanaugh supports the principles of limited government enshrined by our founders in the Constitution of the United States of America. He is a textualist and an originalist.
He thanked the RNLA for its help in the past and reminded us that President Trump's last Supreme Court nominee was a former RNLA Member, Neil Gorsuch:
The men and women in this room have been supporting judicial nominees across the board. You and your peers across the county made our case in your states, with your peers and in the public debate. The President and I are truly grateful for everything you've done.
In fact, I know you're particularly grateful that we've also nominated a number of RNLA members into positions on the courts around the country, including one who ended up serving with distinction on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, a former RNLA member by the name of Justice Neil Gorsuch. What a great guy. In nominating Justice Gorsuch, President Trump kept his word; kept his word to appoint a justice in the mold of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia. And frankly seeing the early days of his tenure on the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Gorsuch has already proven, already proven himself for the trust the President has placed in him, in his commitment to the Constitution and the principles of limited government that are enshrined there. President Donald Trump and I could not be more proud of Justice Gorsuch.
We also cannot be more proud of the next Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
It is really important that as lawyers, RNLA members do their best to live up to the praise and fight for Judge Kavanaugh and “make the case.” Please sign our letter supporting Judge Kavanaugh here.