Scott refuses to 'rubber stamp' Trump SCOTUS choice

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Gov. Phil Scott is refusing a request to back the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Scott says he was asked by the Republican Governor's Association to declare support for President Donald Trump's nominee, but opted out. Scott says he doesn't necessarily oppose Kavanaugh's nomination, but he doesn't know enough about the nominee to sign a letter recommending Senate confirmation.

Two other GOP governors, Charlie Baker in Massachusetts and Larry Hogan in Maryland, also declined.

"I don't want to rubber stamp anyone. I don't know much about the nominee. If there had been a letter asking for a fair and open hearing on the confirmation I would have signed it, but to blindly rubber stamp someone that I don't know a lot about -- I didn't think it would do great justice to anyone," Scott said.

He says he hopes the Senate Judiciary Committee will fully review Kavanaugh's record and credentials before the full Senate holds a confirmation vote.