Sen. Baldwin won’t back Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

Cristina Cross
July 13, 2018

"Now, I don't know much about Kavanaugh, but I'm skeptical because his name is Brett", said late night show comedian Stephen Colbert.

As senators begin the process of vetting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, public disclosure forms show he's not almost as wealthy as numerous justices on the high court.

"That's a very potent message and I think you'll see a lot of it", the Republican said.

Separate from the disclosure forms, the White House said that between Kavanaugh's retirement account balance of $400,000 to $500,000, and the equity in his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, he has about an additional million dollars in wealth.

Democrats, who are in the minority, may not be able to block him, but they argue that Kavanaugh would shift the court further to the right, potentially threatening access to abortion and undermining the Affordable Care Act.

King also says calls to his office are overwhelmingly opposed to Kavanaugh.

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"We are concerned that Judge Kavanaugh's judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nation's highest court", Greenblatt said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said today that if any Republicans break ranks on the Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, he doesn't expect any endangered Democrats to cross over and vote for confirmation.

Baldwin's opposition came after Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY joined all of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week and asked Americans to rise up against Kavanaugh's nomination.

While Baldwin's decision to vote against Kavanaugh isn't a surprise, her statement is noteworthy because she is the second Democrat up for re-election this year from a state President Donald Trump won in the 2016 election to come out against the Supreme Court nominee. "I'm going to fight this nomination with everything I've got".

"Tammy Baldwin's vow to obstruct Judge Kavanaugh shows that she'd rather stand with her Washington party bosses than do her job to defend the Constitution", National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Calvin Moore said in a statement.

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