Missouri lawmakers react to Trump's SCOTUS nomination of Kavanaugh

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice. (KRCG 13)

Multiple Missouri lawmakers have released statements reacting to President Donald Trump nominating Judge Kevin Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said Kavanaugh is qualified and he looked forwarding to learning about the nominee's record.

“Judge Kavanaugh is a highly-qualified nominee with an outstanding legal background. I look forward to learning more about his judicial record and talking with him about his judicial philosophy as the confirmation process moves forward.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, simply stated she looked forward to examining Kavanaugh's history.

“I look forward to thoroughly examining Judge Kavanaugh’s record in the coming weeks as the Senate considers his nomination to replace Justice Kennedy.”

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, praised the nomination.

“Just as he did with the selection of Neil Gorsuch, President Trump has made an excellent decision in nominating Brett Kavanaugh,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer. “With decades of experience and a high regard for the United States Constitution, Brett Kavanaugh will ensure our American values are upheld for years to come. I am hopeful that my colleagues in the Senate will put political theater aside and swiftly confirm this qualified nominee.”

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, had high praise for Kavanaugh and also took a shot a McCaskill in the process.

“Judge Kavanaugh is a remarkably qualified nominee for the Supreme Court. I have full confidence he will uphold the Constitution as the people wrote it, not impose his values from the bench. And that’s what the people deserve. The balance of the court turns on this nomination and I applaud the President for his thoughtfulness on this decision.

"Unfortunately, the deciding vote may well rest with Senator Claire McCaskill – who has been wrong on Supreme Court nominees every single time. She supports liberal activists, voted for every single judicial nomination under President Obama, and opposed Justice Neil Gorsuch. She refuses to abandon Chuck Schumer and her left-wing allies, and we can expect this time to be no different. Missourians deserve a Senator who will fight for our way of life and support a constitutional conservative like Judge Kavanaugh.”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, tweeted his support for Trump's pick.

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