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Mike Pence 'very encouraged' by reaction on Capitol Hill to Kavanaugh's nomination

11 July 2018, 05:17 | Erica Roy

Brett Kavanaugh: 5 Things On Trump’s Supreme Court Justice Nominee

From left Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sonia Sotomayor Elena Kagan and Sandra Day O'Connor

Many Democrats fear that Kavanaugh's conservative credentials - in a bench that is now tied 4-4 between liberal and conservative justices- will tilt the court right for the foreseeable future, allowing a rewriting of everything from hard won rights on abortion to same-sex marriage.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote who sometimes sided with the court's liberals in key cases.

While many in pro-life and conservative circles are celebrating Kavanaugh's nomination, some suggest now is the time to scrutinize these and other ambiguities. "He's someone that has the character, the background, the career and the record that gave President Trump the confidence to know that when he appointed Judge Kavanaugh. he would be another Constitutional conservative".

"We look forward to the confirmation process and it will unfold in the next few weeks", said Sen.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh after interviewing several candidates and eventually focusing his consideration on four: Kavanaugh, Michigan federal judge Raymond Kethledge, and federal judges Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

In one of them, Kavanaugh ruled against a group of Verizon employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. In the case decided Monday that had to do with attorneys' fees, there would be no majority if Kavanaugh were to withdraw.

Imagine this: In July 1974, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the president of the United States had to turn over evidence in a criminal proceeding, a decision that led, less than a month later, to that president's resignation.

"I'm embarrassed by the scratch-your-back-then-you-scratch mine column of Akhil Amar and I say that as a Yale Law alum and one of his former students, " said Neera Tanden, a Hillary Clinton acolyte and President of the thinktank Center for American Progress. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), and Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) - voted to confirm Neil M. Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened Tuesday's meeting with a strong endorsement, saying Kavanaugh's resume is superb.

Sen. Angus King (I): "It's troubling that the president's search for a potential Supreme Court justice seemed to start and end with a list of names supplied by an outside group".

"President Trump did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail [in 2016]: nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights and strike down health care protections for millions of Americans", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, adding that "civil rights, labor rights, environmental rights, LGBTQ [sexual minority] rights" are at risk.

He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process. He helped draft the Starr Report, which called for President Bill Clinton to be impeached because he lied about having had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.

Additionally, Democrats are likely to appeal to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's interest in history and transparency in their effort to get Kavanaugh's full paper trail. "We should evaluate this president's nominee fairly".

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Bob Salera, a campaign spokesman for Senate Republicans, said Casey has "given up any pretense of being a moderate voice" by opposing Trump's nominee sight unseen.

It's hard to imagine Trump, the cynical dealmaker, not striking one with a Supreme Court nominee while the Mueller investigation is still hanging over his head.



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