Casey to Oppose Trump's Supreme Court Nomination

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

During the last confirmation process, McConnell held the Senate GOP conference together and every single Republican voted for Neil Gorsuch, including moderates like Sens.

President Trump, after less than two weeks of deliberations, is set to announce tonight his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that could well affect the court, and American jurisprudence, for a generation.

"For the last 12 years, he has served as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with great distinction, authoring 300 opinions, which have been widely admired for their skill, insight and rigorous adherence to the law", Trump said as Kavanaugh stood nearby with his wife and their two daughters in the East Room of the White House. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a legal clerk for Justice Kennedy". He represented the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez in a high-profile immigration dispute in 2000, in which they sought to keep the Cuban boy in the United States.

The top contenders also included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

He added: "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".

"The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the worldwide or domestic arenas", Kavanaugh wrote in a 2012 piece titled "Separation of Powers During the FortyFourth Presidency and Beyond" for the Minnesota Law Review.

In his time on the bench at the D.C. Circuit, sometimes referred to as the second highest court in the land, Judge Kavanaugh has written opinions on a wide array of issues. But some Democrats accused him of excessive partisanship and it took three years before the Senate eventually voted to confirm him. Drawing on his experience working on the Clinton investigation and then in the Bush White House, he wrote in a 2009 law review article that he favored exempting presidents from facing both civil suits and criminal investigations, including indictment, while in office.

President Trump is reportedly considering four potential nominees.

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Judge Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to have an abortion.

Kennedy, 81, announced on June 27 plans to retire after three decades on the court, effective on July 31. Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority, but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is battling brain cancer and is unlikely to be present for a vote.

"Tomorrow I begin meeting with members of the Senate, which plays an essential role in this process", he later concluded.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend Monday night's announcement, including Maine's Sen.

Kavanaugh, 53, had always been mentioned in Washington chatter as a potential high court choice by a Republican president because of his educational background, intellectual firepower and an unyielding commitment to a legal approach championed by conservative Supreme Court justices such as Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie, but even a single Republican breaking with the party would hold up the nomination, assuming the Democrats are unanimous in opposition.

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Democrats are certain to press Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide, a decision some conservatives - particularly conservative Christians - have long wanted to overturn.

"From what I know at this point, it appears President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh", Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said in a statement. "His own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms". That "broad definition of obstruction of justice", Landler and Apuzzo write, "would be damaging if applied to President Trump in the Russian Federation investigation".

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