President Donald Trump said he’s been watching Kavanaugh confirmation closely and that he would make his decision “in the very near future.”
“I think we’ll be watching closely,” Trump told reporters at a White House press briefing, referring to Kavanaugh.
“I’m a big fan of the guy, and he’s a big supporter of the American people, I think.
I think he’d be a terrific justice,” he added.
The president said that he and the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings into Kavanaugh’s nomination in the coming days, adding that he hopes to have a vote on the nominee by the end of the year.
“It’s going to be a very short process, and we’ll see,” Trump said.
The White House has indicated that the committee is likely to reject the nomination.
In a statement released late Thursday, Trump said, “I have been hearing for some time from many of my friends who are supportive of Mr. Kavanaugh and have urged me to make a decision.”
“The committee is very interested in hearing from the nominee, and I hope to have him confirmed soon,” he continued.
“We’ll see how things go, and then we’ll make the decision.”
The Senate Judiciary committee is currently weighing the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
The vote is expected to take place next month.