Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Montana politics, elections and legislative news

Sen. Tester Says He's Still Undecided On Supreme Court Nominee

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court

Montana’s senior U.S senator continues to reserve judgement on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now making the rounds on Capitol Hill ahead of his September confirmation hearings.

Democratic Senator Jon Tester says he hoped to have met with the judge by now.

“Unfortunately, the White House delayed my meeting with Mr. Kavanaugh which was supposed to take place this week," Tester says.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine met with Kavanaugh for two hours Tuesday.  The Associated Press reports that Kavanaugh told her he thinks the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights is settled law. Collins, an abortion rights advocate, is widely viewed as a key swing vote on his nomination.

Senator Tester is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to release all documents related to Kavanaugh’s record.

Tester says he has not made a decision on Kavanaugh’s nomination:

“The challenge with Supreme Court nominees is they’re not very forthcoming with answers. We’ll do our best to hold his feet to the fire and make sure he gives the answers. Then I’m going to listen to the judiciary hearing, which will be when we come back in September. Then if I get a chance to meet him, I anticipate announcing sometime shortly thereafter whether I’m going to vote to confirm or whether I'm going to vote against confirmation. The jury is still out, no pun intended.”

O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the University of Montana School of Journalism. His first career job out of school was covering the 1995 Montana Legislature. When the session wrapped up, O’Brien was fortunate enough to land a full-time position at the station as a general assignment reporter. Feel free to drop him a line at
Become a sustaining member for as low as $5/month
Make an annual or one-time donation to support MTPR
Pay an existing pledge or update your payment information

Call 800-325-1565 or 406-243-6400

Related Content