On Tuesday, former President George W. Bush released a statement staunchly supporting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Bush stated:

Laura and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated: “He is a fine husband, father, and friend — and a man of the highest integrity. He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Kavanaugh worked for the George W. Bush campaign during the recount of Florida votes after the 2000 election; he later joined Bush’s administration as White House Staff Secretary and aided in its effort to find and confirm judicial nominees.

Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the Court of Appeals in 2003. His confirmation hearings took three years; he was finally confirmed to the D.C. Circuit in May 2006.

The day President Trump nominated Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, he called Bush. Bush’s spokesperson told CNN, “They spoke, and President Bush appreciated the call and congratulated him on the outstanding choice.”