President Trump on Monday night announced Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Kavanaugh, 53, a graduate of Yale Law School and a former law clerk to Kennedy in 1993, was elevated to the powerful federal appeals court in the District of Columbia by President George W. Bush, under whom he had served as a White House lawyer and staff secretary.
With approximately 300 opinions issued in 12 years as a judge and a raft of legal articles and speaking engagements, Kavanaugh was the most prolific of the nominees the president was said to be considering for the role.
Former U.S. Solicitor General and federal judge Ken Starr joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to share his view on Kavanaugh's nomination.
His take on this appointment: Well, I'm still walking on the air. I think the world of Judge Kavanaugh. What we saw last night, and I hope all your listeners either saw it live or have since seen it, was so indicative of who Brett is. He's just an all around great human being. His record speaks loudly for itself and I think persuasively for itself. His twelve years of work I think is really unrivaled. He is a superb thoughtful jurist. (1:15)
On what Kavanaugh will be like on the court: I think that Judge Kavanaugh has a very carefully worked out and sophisticated textualism that we're also seeing in his very impressive body of work and administrative agencies. He is very at, look at the number of times that he's held agencies to the text and structure to the statute. That's how he's tested on the D.C. Circuit and some of our friends on the other side of the aisle, the judicial aisle, are saying 'Oh this is terrible. Look what he did in this EPA case or in that administrative agency case.' And my response to that is 'precisely.' That is exactly the kind of principle of accountability that I think he is going to be very strong about. (5:14)
On issues of independent councils: I think of what I've seen of Judge Kavanaugh's writing suggests to me that his view is a result of his meditation his reflection on separation of powers and the importance, as the founders wisely wrote in The Federalist Papers, 'We need energy in the executive.' And I think he saw both from history and as well as our own experience in Whitewater that promo investigations in the president of the united states can be by definition quite disruptive as we're seeing now with the Mueller investigation. So, there are benefits but there are also costs. (8:32)
On how Bob Mueller's is doing: It's very hard for me to assess. I'm going to not dodge the question but say its impossible for me to answer intelligently. (11:48)