Democrats vow to fight against President Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

11 July, 2018, 04:06 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • President Donald Trump shakes hands with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee

The president's nomination of Republican loyalist Brett Kavanaugh is opposed by Democrats.

Kavanaugh still lives in the D.C. area, raising his kids in the Maryland suburbs just miles from the White House.

Judge Kavanaugh has argued for an expansive view of presidential power - an approach that could hamstring the sprawling federal investigation into Russian election meddling and potential collusion by the Trump campaign, helping to undermine the rule of law at a crucial time. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written". Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has not specifically said if he would support overruling the decision, according to CNN.

Critics on the left see Kavanaugh's record very differently, and have painted him as a judge who regularly sides with the wealthy and powerful over everyday Americans.

If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Justice Kennedy, who served on the bench for 30 years and was appointed to the position by President Ronald Reagan. The Environmental Defense Fund, for example, said it will be examining Kavanaugh's record as his nomination moves through the confirmation process. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions. Corker took a harder line. Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority of 50 votes for confirmation; there are 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, but Sen.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

"I'll keep an open mind", conservative commentator and former Reagan administration advisor Mark Levin wrote.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition. Kelly Ayotte served as the "sherpa" for Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.

Trump also met with Republican Sens. Democrats plan to pressure two moderate Senate Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, to oppose the nomination. At the top of that list is abortion. Collins has said she will not vote for a nominee who would overturn the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision, Roe versus Wade, that legalized abortion nationwide.


Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.

Kavanaugh, age 53, like all of his prospective Supreme colleagues, is a product of the Ivy League. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006. Kavanaugh later worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Cory Booker calls efforts to block Kavanaugh "the most important fight of our lifetimes". He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public.

Democrats are likely to confront Kavanaugh with those words when he sits for his confirmation hearing.

Before the president's announcement, the Washington Examiner relayed a quote from an unnamed source close to the White House that "there are concerns in the pro-life community that his decisions in some cases mean he's not as solidly pro-life as we would like him to be".

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt - the dean of Alabama congressmen in the lower chamber - urged the Senate to quickly confirm Kavanaugh.

"Our next Supreme Court justice will cast pivotal votes on the kind of world we leave to our children", NRDC President Rhea Suh said Monday in a statement.

More recently, in a case involving a pregnant 17-year-old in immigration custody in Texas, Kavanaugh dissented from a court ruling that ordered the girl be released from detention to obtain an abortion. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a longtime member of the Judiciary Committee.

But the two Republicans dodged questions from reporters on Tuesday and gave little sign that they were opposed to the pick. If you're going to do something risky in this emergency situation, it should be something that might actually make a difference. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won.

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