US President Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee

Howard TerryJul 11, 2018

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) refuses to support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee no matter who it is simply because the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank had a major influence in shaping the chief executive's list of potential selections.

One Democrat up for re-election in a state Trump won in the 2016 election has already announced that he will oppose the Supreme Court pick ― regardless of the president's choice. Sen.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight. He was in the running previous year for the Supreme Court seat left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

He is also a robust supporter of the executive power of the presidency.

Still, Levy pushed for the courts to stop the impending confirmation process for Trump's nominee. He has the Ivy League credentials Trump desires, but has also been a controversial judge. The New York Times reports she says she would like to see the scope of abortion rights changed.

The high court handed Trump and his administration a series of victories in its term that ended on the day of Kennedy's retirement, including a major decision upholding the president's travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen.

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style.

According to the DC Circuit Court website, Kavanaugh volunteers, attends church, and coaches sports in the Washington, DC area, where he was born and raised.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal judge last fall - excited social conservatives since she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings past year, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience. Not long after Schumer spoke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the "far left" of engaging in "scare tactics" over the nominee.

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. All three voted in favor of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee. That decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling.

John Roberts now serves as the chief White House correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). Kennedy administered the judicial oath to his former clerk. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states.

Kavanaugh worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel whose investigation of Clinton helped spur an effort by congressional Republicans in 1998 and 1999 to impeach the Democratic president and remove him from office.

"He made a statement that really gives one some pause about what he'd do when he's on the Supreme Court as opposed to an appellate court", former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli told Politico last week.

Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business. I've always gone in there assuming that the judge - he's going to make up their mind based on the facts and what they hear, not based on a political litmus test requires.

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