Democrats vow to fight against President Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

Lynette PayneJul 11, 2018

"He is a terrific judge", said Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen.

Kavanaugh, 53, is a conservative appeals court judge. During that time, he developed broad views on executive power. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written". It is also his second nomination since becoming president.

President Donald Trump has chosen a solidly conservative, pro-life judge for the Supreme Court as he shifts the highest court ever further to the right. Good appellate judges faithfully follow the Supreme Court; great ones influence and help steer it. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions. McConnell, who called Kavanaugh a "superb choice", hasn't explicitly said whether his goal is to complete a confirmation before the November midterm elections. Corker took a harder line.

Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority. Agudah and other Orthodox groups favor rulings that would exempt religious groups and individuals from generally applicable laws that clash with their beliefs.

"We look forward to the confirmation process, which will unfold in the next few weeks", McConnell said, ignoring a question about whether Democrats would support the nomination.

Cornyn spoke shortly after Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said any of Trump's likely nominees poses a threat to the Affordable Care Act and a woman's right to have an abortion.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement.

On the Democratic side, the focus will be on Sens.

Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets.

The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

The Senate will now vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights. If McCain were to miss the vote, only one GOP defection would be needed to block the nomination if all Democrats were opposed. "And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice, and mention me".

At the top of that list is abortion.

"Trump has said that overturning Roe v. Wade is a litmus test for anybody on his shortlist for the Supreme Court, and he has made anti-abortion [views] a litmus test for folks he's nominated to lower courts", she said.

Kavanaugh also wrote a law review article in 2009, arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office. Reporters saw Kavanaugh leave the U.S. District Court of Appeals earlier in the day in what seemed to be a White House motorcade. He was appointed to that post by President George W. Bush, after serving as Bush's White House staff secretary. All three voted to confirm Gorsuch and are up for re-election in states that Trump won handily. He has also taught at Yale Law School-from which he graduated-as well as Harvard and Georgetown. Still, they could try to sour the hearings by attacking Kavanaugh and trying to complicate the proceedings whenever possible.

More recently, in a case involving a pregnant 17-year-old in immigration custody in Texas, Kavanaugh dissented from a court ruling that ordered the girl be released from detention to obtain an abortion.

This is Mr Trump's second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the United States for a generation after he leaves office.

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.

Democrats point out Republicans requested similar amounts of paperwork for Obama's nominees.

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