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Senator Jon Kyl on Kavanaugh, Filibusters, Slow Nominations and the Fence

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I interviewed Arizona’s Jon Kyl on tomorrow’s Judiciary Committee vote of Brett Kavanaugh, as well as a bunch of related subjects, as well as the fence. Here’s an excerpt:

HH: Big day tomorrow in the Judiciary Committee. Long suffering Brett Kavanaugh. Will he get a vote?

JK: Yes, indeed, and you’ve been pushing this for a long, long time. He was nominated back in July of 2003, and he certainly should get a vote, and will be on the floor, I think, not too long thereafter.

HH: Now do you expect it to be party line tomorrow, Senator Kyl?

JK: Yes, I do. On the floor, I expect it will probably pick up some Democratic votes.

HH: And do you expect a filibuster of Brett Kavanaugh?

JK: I don’t think so, but one of the reasons that we want to bring Brett Kavanaugh to the floor is that if that is one that Democrats believe they can filibuster, it’s one that I think all Republicans can support, and frankly, I would be very surprised if the Democrats on the so-called Gang of 14 would consider there to be any exceptional circumstances warranting a filibuster of Brett Kavanaugh.

HH: If a filibuster were to develop, a refusal to invoke cloture on the debate on Mr. Kavanaugh, would the Constitutional Option come into play, in your view?

JK: It would come into play, and as I say, that’s one I think Republicans are willing to defend. Now I haven’t talked to the Gang of 14 to see how far they would go, but I just have a sense that he has the kind of record that would result in support by all of the Republicans.

The entire transcript is here. Let’s hope the senator is right on all counts, including his expected pick-up int he pace of nominations for the federal circuit courts of appeal from the White House.


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