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Why Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Is Business's New Best Friend

10 July 2018, 09:57 | Charlene Valdez

Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. | AP

Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. | AP

On Monday, Trump phoned retiring Justice Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat. We'll unpack President Trump's pick for the next Supreme Court Justice.

The nominee, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, is a former adviser to ex-President George W Bush.

Both endorsed Kavanaugh's candidacy for the high court in a letter addressed to Congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "Kavanaugh does not meet that basic standard of fairness and impartiality, and I can not support him".

Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old conservative-leaning federal judge for the past 12 years, is no stranger to executive branch politics and controversy.

The White House is hoping the Senate moves quickly to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections in November threaten to unfurl the narrow Republican majority in the chamber and nix the precious leverage the GOP holds over some red state Democrats up for reelection in 2018.

"Why did the president stick with Kavanaugh?"

The glaring exception, of course, is administrative agencies, where Kavanaugh, in tune with Gorsuch and the conservative legal establishment, has sounded amenable to exercising aggressive judicial oversight over what he represents as merely an amalgam of unelected bureaucrats trampling on our cherished liberties. I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court justices whom I have considered.


Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require". He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton. 12 years as a judge, almost 300 written opinions, a multitude of scholarly articles, a paperwork trail from his time in the Bush White House, and thousands of documents from when he served on the Starr investigation - has raised concerns Democrats will have an embarrassment of riches to use in questions during confirmation hearings, leading to a lengthened process and a tough confirmation vote. Trump has said he would appoint a justice who would reverse Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 case that granted women in the United States the right to have abortions across the country.

"The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare", Manchin said. Kavanaugh would be the second appointment under Trump, further cementing a conservative-leaning Supreme Court.

He referred to Kavanaugh's arguments that sitting presidents shouldn't have to face criminal investigations because they are distracting and that a president doesn't have to follow laws he deems unconstitutional.

"There were lots of people who voted for Trump with great reluctance because of his personal qualities, but ultimately decided the supreme court was the most important issue", Kopel, the attorney and gun rights advocate, said.

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the USA and gives ultimate decisions on disputes between states and the federal government.



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