Partisan Divide Deepens Over Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Nichole VegaJul 14, 2018

Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale. "The ramifications of this battle will last a generation or more", he said.

She watched and snapped photos as Kavanaugh was serving meals to the homeless outside of Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, D.C.

LEO: Well, the president has said time and again that he wants justices on the court who are extraordinarily well-qualified, who are not weak, in his words, which he means independent, courageous and fair.

Even Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, mused about the idea that Trump could have chosen Kavanaugh because of his past remarks about presidents and lawsuits.

"Not only did Mr. Kavanaugh say that a president should not be subpoenaed, he said a president shouldn't be investigated", Schumer said.

Baldwin is considered to be one of the most liberal Democrats running for reelection this year in a state carried by the president.

Trump's announcement that Kavanaugh would be his pick for the Supreme Court immediately launched the highly polarized fight in the US Senate, testing both sides' abilities to unify their ranks just months ahead of the hugely consequential midterm elections.

"There's a potential here for things to get really snarled", he said, adding he believes the Senate should hold off on a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh until all the documents are reviewed. That's because Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Kavanaugh would succeed, typically voted in favor of business interests.

Judge Kavanaugh's nomination signals a disturbing shift in the historic role of the court. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read. They already have also been hammering the message that he would vote to undermine key progressive priorities like the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights and the Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. He had worked in the Bush administration and for counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation that eventually led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Four states - North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Louisiana - would automatically ban abortions.

Republican Kevin Nicholson, who is running against Vukmir, has also been a strong support of Kavanaugh. And I know that that's what President Trump was looking for. In the case, Kavanaugh dissented on the court's ruling to allow an undocumented pregnant teenager to seek an abortion.

Conservative judges are assigned a score between 0 and 1; the closer you are to 1, the more conservative the judge.

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