President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

10 July, 2018, 14:41 | Author: Rachel Logan
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"I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same".

We expect the Senate to exercise its constitutional duty to provide "advice and consent" without delay.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the embodiment of the Republican legal establishment: an Ivy Leaguer who worked for the justice he has been nominated to replace, investigated a Democratic president, served in a Republican White House and now is an influential member of what is often called the second most powerful court in the country.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.

The Democratic National Committee released a statement Monday night saying the jurist "should not be allowed anywhere near our nation's highest bench".

Trump said that Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" and is "universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

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Meanwhile, Republicans sought to use Democrats' attacks against them, insisting that Kavanaugh is a "mainstream" pick (though it appears he would be one of the Court's most conservative justices), and Democratic resistance is unfair.

Kavanaugh replied: "I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said opponents were using "40-year-old scare tactics" over abortion and other issues but they "will not stop us from doing the right thing". The two have supported access to abortion services.

Back in January Trump took extraordinary measures to build suspense and keep the final selection under wraps, teasing shortly before the revealing that Gorsuch and federal appellate judge Thomas Hardiman were the established favorites. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

Years later, after the Senate confirmed him 57 to 36 for a lifetime-tenured judgeship, Kavanaugh would write in the Minnesota Law Review that the experience in the executive branch made him a better and more independent judge.

He has since written on presidential power, including that the president should be exempt from lawsuits or investigations that are "time-consuming and distracting", since they'd "ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis".

The New York Times on Sunday reported that the president liked Hardiman's backstory: he's the first of his family to graduate from college, and he helped fund his law school education by driving a taxi. For the past decade, Kavanaugh has taught full-term courses at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center. Kavanaugh argued that the employees couldn't vote due to their immigration status. The court's ruling in her favor was based on a constitutional principle, he wrote, "as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. Government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand". (As The Hill reports, the idea is that highlighting issues like Obamacare's protections for preexisting conditions in addition to reproductive rights will be less divisive in red states.) Meanwhile, Republicans sought to portray Democrats as hysterical obstructionists tearing down a perfectly respectable judge for partisan purposes (though they refused to even consider President Obama's far more centrist Supreme Court nominee purely for partisan purposes).


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