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Gardner: Kavanaugh will make “an incredible Supreme Court justice”

Author: Erin Prater - July 26, 2018 - Updated: July 26, 2018

NATOSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, left, meets with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on June 26. (Photo courtesy of Gardner’s office)

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will make “an incredible Supreme Court justice,” U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Thursday after meeting with him.

“Clearly he is a well-qualified judge who has incredible experience in the federal courts,” Gardner said in an emailed statement.

“We had a long conversation about the role of precedent and how a judge should perform on the bench. It’s not about personal opinion, it’s not about personal biases or policy preferences, it’s about looking at the law and ruling on the law and where the law takes you. We had a good conversation about how he would be on the Supreme Court.”

Kavanaugh, the appellate court judge tapped by President Donald Trump to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, had a roster-full of meetings with Republican senators as he shores-up votes before a confirmation hearing, the Associated Press reported this week.

Republicans are eager to have Kavanaugh confirmed before the midterm elections as an accomplishment they can bring home to voters.

Democrats want background on Kavanaugh’s 12 years as an appellate judge as well as his earlier jobs on Ken Starr’s team investigating Bill Clinton; the 2000 presidential election recount; and as staff secretary in the George W. Bush administration. The documents could top 1 million pages.

Some Democrats have declined to meet with Kavanaugh while they wait on documents.

View video of the meeting here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.