Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the Kavanaugh confirmation process and more.
On Nikki Haley announcing her resignation: I've been a big admirer of her in this position. I think she's done a fantastic job so I think her departure will be a real loss for this administration and I want to thank her for the sacrifices she has put forward in this role. She really has done a great job. (00:40)
On Kavanaugh confirmation process: First of all, my big takeaway is I'm glad we got him confirmed. I think he is going to be terrific. I think he's well qualified. I think he will end up being someone who is respected by people on every end of the political continuum. As far as takeaways from this, I think this emphasized the need to follow established procedure. (1:56)
On working across the aisle: I think that public perception is in many cases mistaken. It's just not accurate to say that people on the two sides of the aisle, whether it's on the Judiciary committee or in the Senate in general, don't talk to each other. It isn't true. We talk to each other constantly. We pass a lot of things unanimously and pass a lot of other things with an overwhelming super majority bipartisan vote. There are some areas where we are going to disagree and this ended up being one of those areas. (3:09)
On Mitch McConnell saying the Biden rule shouldn't apply to a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020: I agree with Mitch McConnell's statement that this was a circumstance in which you had a Senate controlled by one party and a White House controlled by the other party. There's nothing written into the Constitution about that. (4:40)
On criminal justice reform: If we start from the basic framework of the First Step Act, which is a prison reform bill passed by the House with an overwhelming super majority vote, I think 361 votes, just a couple months ago. If we started with that and made some very minor tweaks to it and then added a few Senate reform measures and expanded safety valve provision and prospective relief fund, Section 924 C and Section 851, dealing with certain minimum mandatory penalties and making retroactive the crack to powder cocaine 100 to 1 down to 18 to 1 disparity making that retroactive. If we added those provisions to the House passed First Step Act I think you'd have something that could quite possibly pass both houses of Congress and be signed into law my the president. (6:50)
On his op-ed about the opioid crisis: Sadly, a lot of that has to do with that we had gotten into such a bad place. Things could only get better and they have. I think it also has a lot to do with the fact that we've been talking about it a lot more as communities and as a state. It's one of the things I want to focus on at our Solutions Summit this week. We're calling it Connecting For A Cure. (9:20)