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Letter: Mitt Romney did everything right during the Supreme Court nomination

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

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As a 22-year-old college student, I am wholeheartedly supportive of Sen. Mitt Romney’s decision to support the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Justice Barrett has impeccable qualifications and carries respect from individuals across the political spectrum. Her confirmation also maintains precedent set numerous times before.

Throughout this process, I have been encouraged by Sen. Romney’s commitment to fulfill his constitutional duties as a senator. Article II, Section II of the Constitution gives the president power to provide a nominee for the Supreme Court that must receive “advice and consent” from the Senate. This process serves as a check on the executive branch and helps prevent the presidency from devolving into a monarchy, like the form of governance escaped by our framers.

In a period of uncertainty and intense partisan rhetoric, I am proud that Sen. Romney took his constitutional duties of advice and consent seriously. He quietly met with Judge Barrett, reviewed precedent of confirmations to the Supreme Court during past election years, and paid the proper respect to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Utah should be proud of Sen. Romney’s attention to this important process. These days in Washington, that is something rarely seen, especially with intense pressure to vote a certain way.

Sen. Romney has done an excellent job representing me and the state of Utah throughout this confirmation process. Justice Barrett, now that she is confirmed, must apply the law impartially as she has done throughout her time on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Similarly, Sen. Romney has approached the judicial confirmation process without regard to personal preferences or partisan goals and has made a decision that is good for the court and for the great people of Utah.

Adam Brown

Salt Lake City