Feinstein calls for hold on Kavanaugh consideration
308 state legislators urge Senate to confirm Kavanaugh
Hundreds of state legislators from across the country are urging the Senate to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.
The 308 state lawmakers, in partnership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), sent a letter to senators on Friday calling Kavanaugh "the single most qualified person in the country to serve on the Supreme Court."
"Judge Kavanaugh has a proven track record of strict constitutionalism. He applies the law as written. He is a judge who will enforce the text, structure and original understanding of the Constitution," they wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill.
They added that Kavanaugh would be a "consensus builder" who would make a decision on cases "based on the law rather than personal preference."
"There is no attribute of Judge Kavanaugh's character, intellect or life of public service that should preclude his immediate installment to the Supreme Court of the United States," the legislators add.
The letter doesn't specify the lawmakers' party affiliations but describes them as supportive of "limited government, free markets and federalism." ALEC, which describes itself as nonpartisan, has been supported by conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.
The letter comes as battle lines over Kavanaugh's nomination are hardening in the Senate in the wake of the growing legal troubles of those in Trump's orbit.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), earlier Friday urging him to postpone Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, which is slated to start on Sept. 4.
The formal demand to Grassley comes after the president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on fraud and campaign finance law charges. Though Trump denies wrongdoing, Cohen implicated Trump as an unnamed co-conspirator in his guilty plea.
Grassley and his staff have repeatedly shot down the request, arguing that Democrats are just trying to stall Trump's Supreme Court pick.
"I'm not going to delay Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing," Grassley said at a committee hearing on Thursday.