Democrats: Oppose Kavanaugh Nomination to Preserve Obama Legacy

10 July, 2018, 14:42 | Author: Donnie King
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Kavanaugh's views on the issue have been hard to discern, but many critics have said the fact that Trump nominated him is a sign that he is willing to overturn.

"He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", Trump said in his prime-time televised White House announcement Monday.

Kavanaugh, 53, has served as judge since 2006, on the US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. McConnell, who called Kavanaugh a "superb choice", hasn't explicitly said whether his goal is to complete a confirmation before the November midterm elections.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

In 2000, Kavanaugh helped the Bush campaign cinch the Presidency by working on behalf of Bush in the Florida recount.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Both men served as clerks in the Supreme Court's 1993-1994 term to long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81. While Collins has said a justice committed to overturning Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", it seems likely that Kavanaugh's hazy position on abortion (compared to some other potential nominees) will provide enough cover for her to confirm him.

Kennedy was known as the Court's swing vote, and had voted to establish a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v Wade in 1973.




They are hoping to persuade Republican Senate moderates to vote against Kavanaugh.

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.

It also informed many of his rulings on executive power, where he largely has backed the president's authority to hire and fire officials at government agencies and offered his support to the White House and military commission process amid challenges from detainees.

Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes. In 2016, he wrote the appeals court decision that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, formed under Obama, was unconstitutional. He also played a lead role in drafting Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's 1998 report on Bill Clinton.

Kavanaugh spoke at a University of Minnesota Law School event in 2008 and later published an article about the event.

Hardiman, originally recommended to Trump by his sister, Third Circuit Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, was again a finalist, having a backstory that appeals to POTUS: first member of his family to graduate college. For the past decade, Kavanaugh has taught full-term courses at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center.

Kavanaugh said the "radical" majority had essentially created a "constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in USA government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand". But his decision and status as the court's swing vote on a number of social issues left liberals anxious the court would soon become more conservative under Trump's watch. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.

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