Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Tennessee Senators Reserve Judgment On Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

From left Thurgood Marshall Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas Brett Kavanaugh: 5 Things On Trump’s Supreme Court Justice Nominee
Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 04:06

Trump announced Monday night that the District of Columbia circuit judge was his choice to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, hailing Kavanaugh as a "brilliant jurist" who "can set aside [his] views to do what the law and Constitution require [s]". The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.

Michael McDaniel, a constitutional law professor at Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School, said Kavanaugh is a judge with significant experience in cases involving federal agencies and has a deep understanding of both the judicial and executive branch. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written".

Brown, a prominent liberal voice, said he had some "serious concerns" about Kavanaugh's rulings - but insisted he hasn't made a decision. "Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty". Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice. Corker took a harder line.

Prior to being tapped by Trump, some conservatives questioned Kavanaugh's bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role in the Starr investigation of Clinton.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said: "If confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will have the chance to codify President Trump and Vice President Pence's unsafe anti-LGBTQ record and the agenda of anti-LGBTQ groups into law for decades to come".

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition.

"That's how she votes", he said. In fact, the only member of "the Supremes" who isn't Catholic or Jewish is Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is Episcopalian. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are also seen as possible votes for the nominee. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Democrats plan to pressure two moderate Senate Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, to oppose the nomination.

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues. At the top of that list is abortion. They already have also been hammering the message that he would vote to undermine key progressive priorities like the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights and the Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Kavanaugh, age 53, like all of his prospective Supreme colleagues, is a product of the Ivy League. Judge Kavanaugh later worked as a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House.

Cory Booker calls efforts to block Kavanaugh "the most important fight of our lifetimes".

An Alabama law mandated that abortion clinics can not be within 2,000 yards from a school before a judge struck it down.

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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".

"It makes ideal sense to me that Jeff Sessions can't oversee an investigation of the campaign he was part of", Graham said of the attorney general in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Republicans changed the Senate's rules a year ago to allow them to confirm a Supreme Court justice with a simple majority vote.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.

"President Trump is a realist about the world", Pence said. Jon Kyl, his guide for the confirmation process.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time", he told an audience in Fargo, N.D., last month. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, so they can approve Trump's nominee without any Democratic support as long as they don't lose more than one vote. "If you're going to say "I'm going to support him" today or "I'm not going to support him" today, then you're not doing the job we're here to do".

The Democratic senator is up for re-election this year in a state Trump won in 2016. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

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".

In his 2006 confirmation hearing for the D.C. Circuit, New York Democratic Sen.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice".

"He's Trump's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card", Cardin says.

After about 30 minutes, some of the protesters, including Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams, were arrested.

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