Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "sticks to the law", former clerk says

11 July, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Lillian Steele
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Kavanaugh served as President George W. Bush's staff secretary, which deals with all the paperwork going through the Oval Office.

"I'm deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on The Supreme Court", Brett said.

Prior to being tapped by Trump, some conservatives questioned Kavanaugh's bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role in the Starr investigation of Clinton. Real Clear Politics Senate electoral map now has the Senate races split 48 Republicans to 44 Democrats (safe plus likely and leaning) with 8 tossup seats.

"I make no apologies about supporting the president in the general election and to this point", he said.

John Roberts and Elena Kagan also had time working in the executive branch that led to a large volume of paperwork being released before their Senate hearings. But if Kavanaugh is Trump's choice, he likely would step away from pending cases.

Many conservatives are disappointed that President Donald Trump did not nominate Amy Coney Barrett or Sen.

"Senate Democrats were on the record opposing him before he'd even been named, before the ink was even dry on Justice Kennedy's resignation", McConnell said in a speech on the floor on Tuesday.

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. She also lashed out and what she called "liberal activist judges".

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer vowed an all-out battle against Kavanaugh, but senators in his party can not block Kavanaugh's confirmation if no Republicans break ranks. "Substantively, a debate continues to bubble about whether a Supreme Court nominee's judicial philosophy is a fair basis for inquiry by the Senate (and for voting against a nomination), or whether the confirmation process should focus only on whether a nominee meets objective criteria pertaining to qualifications, temperament, ethical propriety, and the like", he wrote.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving", Trump said in announcing his nomination at the White House, urging the Senate to swiftly confirm his nominee.

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Kavanaugh, just 53, could serve on the high court for decades.

Another Democrat representing a conservative state, Doug Jones (Ala.), was not in the Senate to vote on Gorsuch.

This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump.

Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all face reelection in the fall in states Trump won. He and Alexander both voted in favor of Trump's last pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

Both sides will be poring over Kavanaugh's some 300 legal opinions in his 12 years as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, not to mention his legal articles and speaking engagements.

The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation.

Video after Trump's announcement showed pro-choice protesters enraged.

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups.

Though he authored the report that suggested grounds for Clinton's impeachment, Kavanaugh eventually came to reverse course, questioning whether a sitting president should be subject to the burdens of criminal proceedings.

"That's how she votes", he said.

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