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Arizona AG Mark Brnovich backs Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Jul 16, 2018, 2:59 PM | Updated: Jul 17, 2018, 8:12 am
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PHOENIX — Arizona’s Mark Brnovich was one of 26 state attorneys general who signed a letter to Senate leaders last week urging the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The letter, sent Thursday, was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senate Minority Leader Chuch Schumer (D-New York) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (D-California).

The White House uploaded a copy of the letter to its website.

All the AGs who signed the letter in support of President Trump’s pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy are Republicans.

“Throughout his career, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated an abiding commitment to the principles and freedoms on which our country was founded, and an unshakable respect for the proper role of the courts within our constitutional structure. The Senate should confirm Judge Kavanaugh without delay,” the letter said.

Brnovich also sent a second letter to Arizona’s senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain, urging them to expedite the consideration of Kavanaugh.

McCain already had announced his support for the nomination, although he isn’t expected to be able to take part in the confirmation process while he battles cancer from his home in northern Arizona.

Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement after the announcement saying that he was “looking forward” to reviewing Kavanaugh’s credentials.

Last Monday, Trump revealed Kavanaugh was his pick.

“There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving,” said Trump, who called Kavanaugh “one of the sharpest legal minds of our time.”

Earlier in the day, the White House announced that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl would guide the nominee through the confirmation process.

Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. in 2006. He graduated from Yale Law School and at one point clerked for Kennedy. He also served in the George W. Bush White House.

Brnovich has no GOP opponent as he seeks re-election this year. He will face the lone Democratic candidate, January Contreras, in the November general election.

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Arizona AG Mark Brnovich backs Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court