How key senators reacted to Trump's Supreme Court pick

Pearl Mccarthy
July 11, 2018

An American constitutional scholar of Indian-origin has proffered a stirring and weighty endorsement of President Donald Trump's nomination to the US Supreme Court of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process is expected to roil the country's politics in the coming weeks before his inevitable elevation tilts America decisively to the right for many decades. Issuing the invitations makes the lawmakers choose between humoring voters who think they should be bipartisan and others who feel they shouldn't condone Trump's pick.

Hatch demurred when asked by reporters whether Trump is nominating Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh, 53, is a former clerk of the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy and has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the last 10 years.

The Judicial Crisis Network is planning a $1.4 million ad buy in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia - states with moderate Democratic senators who could be pressured to vote for Trump's nominee. "The majority's decision represents a radical extension of the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence", he complained, suggesting that noncitizens - who are very much entitled to the auspices of the Constitution, even when in custody - aren't entitled "to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

"I am concerned that he's making it like a game show", Sen.

Cornyn spoke shortly after Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said any of Trump's likely nominees poses a threat to the Affordable Care Act and a woman's right to have an abortion. "I am thinking about this person". Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence. "Whoever is nominated, whoever he or she is, they're going to be there for a long time". He is an evangelical Christian whose book Lead Yourself First uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively". "They understand it's a historic decision", he said.

And in a rape case, Kethledge dissented.

A distinguished law professor whose younger brother Vikram is also a legal scholar (Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law), Amar disclosed that Kavanaugh was his student at Yale and maintained he "commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers and jurists". "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy".

Assuming Kavanaugh's candidacy receives support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would need a simple majority of Senate votes to be placed on the high court. The framers established that the constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty.

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After endorsing Trump choice Neil Gorsuch previous year , Cashman is at it again, this time backing Brett Kavanaugh . Other Republicans said they hoped to confirm Kavanaugh before the court reconvenes in October.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week.

Hannity said of another potential Trump choice, Amy Coney Barrett, that "she's next".

Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987.

Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

The White House had floated a list of four finalists, but multiple stories Tuesday suggest that President Trump's pick of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court was a no-brainer. He had previously worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton, and was involved in the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000. The judge indicated that on the high court he would faithfully interpret the Constitution as it is written, providing an unsurprising nod to originalism.

This previous case may indicate how he could rule in future cases involving abortion. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.

Kavanaugh also wrote a law review article in 2009, arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office. Some Republicans, certain to support Kavanaugh, had hoped Trump would choose someone seen as a stronger social conservative. His confirmation process for that post was arduous, stretching over several years, in part because Democrats raised objections about his partisan history. And that is a big if.

"I'm open to voting yes". Doug Jones, D-Ala. said in a Sunday interview on CNN's State of the Union.

Kavanaugh, a Catholic, was careful to make himself sound open-minded, reasonable, and apolitical, although, as Quartz's Heather Timmons noted, he's "played a role in several of the most important partisan battles in United States politics over the past 20 years".

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