FAIRBANKS — Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she plans to meet with Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the soon-to-be empty Supreme Court seat, on Thursday.
Murkowski said the in-person meeting is a continuation of her vetting process of the nominee.
“My approach to vetting Judge Kavanaugh has been similar, if not identical, to the approach I took for Justices Gorsuch, Kagan, Sotomayor, Alito and Roberts,” Murkowski said in a statement. “I’ve been looking at Judge Kavanaugh’s work, his opinions, and his background. On Thursday, I have the chance to meet with him in person.”
Murkowski said she’s interested in getting Kavanaugh’s perspective of state-specific issues.
“I look forward to the opportunity to sit down with him and ask him in detail about a wide range of topics — his knowledge of the unique issues and laws affecting Alaska, executive powers, privacy issues, women’s reproductive rights, health care and the role of precedent,” Murkowski said. “Moving forward, I will be following the Judiciary Committee hearing closely. I am committed to a considered and thorough review.”
Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement.
The Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination begin Sept. 4.
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