McConnell defends Kavanaugh's views on presidential power
McConnell defends Kavanaugh's views on presidential power
Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight
12 July, 2018, 20:41
While the White House was successful for the most part in keeping President Donald Trump's SCOTUS pick under wraps for the past two weeks, Trump was essentially decided on his nominee after Justice Anthony Kennedytold him he would retire in a meeting, Politico reported. And perhaps most important, he engages beliefs he does not share and is amenable to a better argument. "There is no one in America morequalified for this position, and no one moredeserving".
This scenario is awful for those vulnerable Senate Democrats, who must either vote against the nominee in states where voters are likely to view Kavanaugh and Trump favorably or risk alienating their Democratic supporters by playing a direct role in the confirmation of a judge that many rank-and-file Democrats find wholly unacceptable. He said it's different with mid-term elections.
During his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaughwrote a strong dissenting opinion in opposition to Washington, D.C.'s ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and registration requirement by applying a historical test consistent with Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion in the Heller decision. It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.
Kavanaugh also benefited from a ringing endorsement from former President George W. Bush.
The GOP controls 51 of the Senate's 100 seats, though the votes of two pro-choice Republicans - Sen.
A "thorough" review of Kavanaugh's paper trail is exactly what anxious Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, about Kavanaugh, given the appeals court judge has decades of political and legal opinions in which senators on the fence could probably find something not to like.
"And Biden was chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 1992, in a presidential election year, he said the Senate should not act on filling a Supreme Court vacancy if it had occurred that year", McConnell said.
Meanwhile some Democrats say they will try to block Kavanaugh's confirmation, and his vetting process has just begun.
Still, Democrats are pointing to that case as a red flag as Congress considers elevating Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. "I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully" because it's "binding precedent" that has been "reaffirmed many times". Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said. "I'm hopeful that maybe we'll get a couple of Democrats who will jump on board and do the right thing for a change, unlike what we've been hearing in the news". That may make Trump supporters uneasy. "US-Law-Profs-Amicus-Br.pdf">amicus brief filed with the court in June, five liberal and conservative legal experts (who disagreed on previous ACA cases) this time argued that both the Republican attorneys general and the Justice Department are wrong - that eliminating the mandate penalty should have no impact on the rest of the law. The left understands that Kavanaugh's nomination is an existential threat to its activist judicial agenda, so it is going to throw everything it has at him in a multimillion-dollar sliming. "Critics on the Right have pointed out that while Kavanaugh is undoubtedly brilliant and conservative, he seems to be something of a judicial politician".
He added: "It was a law review article".
"There will be the usual attempts to sully his reputation, not only in the Senate but outside the Senate, but he'll be able to handle it, and I have every confidence he'll be confirmed", Hatch said. Now a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., Kavanaugh is an established conservative.
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