Sen. Doug Jones vows 'independent review' of Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Pearl Mccarthy
July 11, 2018

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", he said. "But the constant strain through all of the rulings, through all the opinions, through all the writings is an individual who interprets the law and the Constitution as it was written and doesn't legislate from the bench". "Americans do not want or need 40 more years of Trump's values".

President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

On Tuesday, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell met with Kavanaugh, his first of many meetings with senators before a confirmation hearing.

Signaling the fight ahead on abortion rights, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: "There's no way to sugarcoat it: With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line".

Some Republicans have expressed concern that Kavanaugh's extensive record on various critical cases could give ammunition for opponents to delay the confirmation process or scuttle the nomination.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT and a member of the Judiciary Committee, said his colleagues should press Kavanaugh to commit to recusing himself from cases involving Mueller's investigation.

The millions of documents can be requested by Senate Democrats and would take time for the National Archives, the federal court system and other stake holders to compile, meaning a confirmation hearing before the Senate leaves for August recess would be unlikely. "He hasn't committed to how he is going to vote on the nominee", Severino said about Jones, who has supported abortion rights.

"If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named-particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list-are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks". Last month, a judge paved the way for Trump to be deposed. "The most important thing we can do".

"He's demonstrated a hostility to the Affordable Care Act that the Trump administration is continually working to undermine", Democratic Sen. CNN reported no Democrat lawmakers were in the East Room when Trump made his announcement. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

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A divided Supreme Court ultimately upheld that mandate as a tax. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won.

That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and each of the three Republican candidates for the seat being vacated by Sen. "Are you ready to defend Roe vs. Wade?".

"A$3 legal battle over a subpoena is the most likely".

Trump previous year appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

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. McConnell has rejected that possibility, saying the decision to not fill the vacancy under Obama was prefaced on it being a presidential election year.

Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, said on Twitter that the Senate must do everything in its power to stop "this destructive Supreme Court pick", adding civil liberties would be at stake.

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