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King Cites Concerns About Kavanaugh Nomination

12 July 2018, 06:39 | Justin Tyler

Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight

Trump I didn't ask Kavanaugh about his views on abortion

This scenario is awful for those vulnerable Senate Democrats, who must either vote against the nominee in states where voters are likely to view Kavanaugh and Trump favorably or risk alienating their Democratic supporters by playing a direct role in the confirmation of a judge that many rank-and-file Democrats find wholly unacceptable.

In addition, the New York Democrat said, the nominee's writings reveal an expansive view of presidential authority that is ominous in the Trump era.

In 2006, Kavanaugh said he would follow the decision "faithfully" - but the question remains whether that would include a robust interpretation of what "undue burden" means.

President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be the newest member of the Supreme Court could cement the president's judicial legacy. A vote for Trump's nominee could boost his chances of eking out a win-and that goes for the rest of the bunch.

"No, I haven't. I really haven't", Trump told reporters at the White House when asked whether he'd discussed the topic with Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh even name dropped Justice Elena Kagan in his remarks.

Kavanaugh is the third high-level Trump appointee to be a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School. "But I'm also the only senator who has ever worked at Planned Parenthood". It is also possible, however, that Democratic senators such as Joe Manchin (W.Va) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), who are up for reelection in red states, could break party lines and support Kavanaugh. He wrote that the best mechanism for checking a president's wrongdoing was through the impeachment process.

He also has a awful record on environmental law, doesn't support labor rights, disapproves of agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and opposes affirmative action. He said Congress should pass such laws. In his brief, Kavanaugh argued it was unconstitutional to prohibit people who are not Native Hawaiians from voting for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs because it discriminates on the basis of race.

But other Democrats - those with greater latitude to speak their minds - were more outspoken. "This is the first president who talks as though he does not believe in the independence of the judiciary", Leahy said.

One case likely to draw attention is Kavanaugh's 2015 dissenting opinion on the health care law's contraceptives mandate.

As a member of Ken Starr's staff, Kavanaugh pushed for an aggressive prosecution of President Clinton. His wife, Ashley Estes, served as personal secretary to George W. Bush.

"We're leaving no stone unturned and are searching for all publicly available information that can properly highlight the dangers of giving Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court", Harrell Kirstein, the group's communications director, said in a statement. It would give the court a potential five-vote conservative majority, enough to overturn Roe v. Wade, giving women the right to an abortion.

In 2015, Kavanaugh, a Roman Catholic, filed a dissent in a case involving religious employers and reproductive rights.

This opposition is on account of Kavanaugh's politics, reflected in his record of judgments. I found them qualified to sit on the court.

Not a low-energy Bush staffer.

Trump's opposition fears Kavanaugh's nomination is self-serving because he is unlikely to favor criminal prosecution against Trump for alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

Trump's choice was met with predictable reactions from Republicans and Democrats. Casey stated on Monday that he wouldn't support the nominee for the Supreme Court, according to the Pennsylvania lawmaker's office.

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In January, Kavanaugh dissented from a ruling by a federal appeals court that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was established in 2010 to protect Americans against abusive financial products and services.

Nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Justice Kennedy announced June 27 that he would retire this summer, effectively giving Mr. Trump his second opportunity to fill one of the bench's nine seats and secure a conservative majority - as well as ample time to tease his decision through several tweets sent in the days leading up to Monday's announcement.

"I don't know about you, but I am still recovering from watching America's Next Top Justice last night", Colbert said at the top of his Tuesday broadcast. "All that changes for me is that we now have a nominee", she said. They say Trump might be accused of a crime. "I have every confidence that this man is going to be confirmed, as he well should be".

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