One of Nebraska’s two senators will be one of the first to meet with supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Senator Ben Sasse is a member of the Judiciary Committee, and will be one of the earliest members of the Senate to question the President’s nominee. Sasse isn’t a lawyer, and says he’s not planning to question or challenge any of Kavanaugh’s 300+ rulings, but still has a lot of questions.
“What does it mean to be a judge? What are the limits on what you are trying to do as a judge? Why do you think you wear the black robe?” Sasse told KFOR News his question will center around the Judge’s view of his role. “Why does a judge have lifetime tenure? Tell me about checks and balances. Tell me about separation of powers, because judges have a very important role in our system, but it is a limited role.”
Specifically, the Nebraska Senator said he wants to make sure the next Supreme Court Justice understands that he is not a policy maker. “There are some bad laws out there, and a Judge’s job is not to fix them. The Legislators get to make the laws, and the people get to hire and fire the Legislators. The judge’s job is to apply the law, not to re-fashion it to be what he or she wants it to be.”
Nebraska’s Junior Senator went on to say he does not agree with protestors, interest groups, and the Democratic Party’s claims that the nomination should be held over until after the mid-term election, like Republicans held former President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland until after the 2016 presidential election.
“There’s something like a dozen Supreme Court nominations that have happened in mid-term election years. The issue is ‘Who’s going to be doing the nominating’.”
Asked about recent national publicity indicating he may run for President in 2020, Sasse said “What a silly City I live in. This is what’s wrong with Washington.” Sasse said the Washington Press Corps has reported the rumor because he sometimes disagrees with the President, but doesn’t report the many times he agrees with him.