GOP senator: I talked with Kavanaugh about precedent, not Roe v. Wade

Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanAlaska in lockdown over leadership stalemate Bennet gives emotional speech ripping into Cruz over shutdown Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  MORE (R-Alaska) said Sunday he expects Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to be asked "a lot" about his views on precedent and Roe v. Wade during this week's confirmation hearing.

"I did talk to him about precedent, like Judge [Neil] Gorsuch," Sullivan, who is helping Kavanaugh prepare for his confirmation hearing, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"With regard to Roe v. Wade, I didn’t get into the details when I met with him about asking about that," Sullivan added. "I think he’s going to be asked about this a lot during the whole week, so we’re going to watch on that."


Sullivan noted that Kavanaugh isn't the first judge to be peppered with questions about his views on precedent and whether he would overturn Roe v. Wade. However, the issue has risen to the forefront of his nomination as he is replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, who sided with liberal judges to affirm a woman's right to get an abortion.

Sullivan praised Kavanaugh as an "inspired choice," and said he believes he would bring beneficial views on the power and authority of federal agencies to the nation's highest court.

Asked if Kavanaugh would recuse himself on cases related to subpoenas involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, Sullivan said the judge would look at what the ethics requirements are for a Supreme Court justice.

Kavanaugh is slated to face the Senate Judiciary Committee for questioning on Tuesday. Democrats have fiercely opposed his nomination, with some senators already declaring they plan to vote against his confirmation.