Sen. Mike Lee R-Utah issued a statement this morning reacting to the news that Judge Robert Bork had died.

“Robert Bork was one of America’s greatest jurists and a brilliant legal mind,” said Lee. “He was an expert on issues ranging from antitrust to privacy laws and was deeply influential in promoting constitutional originalism.”

Lee called the controversy surrounding Bork’s Supreme Court nomination in 1987 “unfortunate and unnecessary.”

“Judge Bork remained an inspirational figure for those seeking to enforce constitutional limits on the federal government,” Lee wrote.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bork family.”