Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Brett Kavanaugh Must Make His Case, Senate Democrats Say

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Melinda Barton | 11 July, 2018, 08:11

Kavanaugh would be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was. One of their hopes is to win governor's mansions this fall (see my in-need-of-an-update Top 10 governor's races here), and then be in a position to veto maps drawn by still-Republican-controlled legislatures, and then at least force those maps to go to courts, which have ruled in favor of Democrats lately.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen. All three voted a year ago to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and the White House invited them to meet with Trump last month to discuss the latest opening on the court. Kyl also was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on Trump's choice for the court.

The group started advertising after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. As a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to set valuable precedents for lower court judges all over the country to follow.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt - the dean of Alabama congressmen in the lower chamber - urged the Senate to quickly confirm Kavanaugh.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Kavanaugh said Monday that he remained "grateful" to his prospective new colleague.

The nominee's fate may rest with two Republican senators who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right". "There are several others", Schumer said, claiming that Kavanaugh is "way at the extremes" and referencing a 2009 law review article authored by Kavanaugh to ridiculously assert that Kavanaugh - formerly a member of Ken Starr's investigative team into President Bill Clinton's Whitewarter and Lewinsky scandals - believes a sitting president shouldn't be investigated.

"President Trump has made a superb selection", McConnell, who represents Kentucky, said ahead of the encounter.

And that is likely a fraction of the records, emails and documents Kavanaugh had a hand in while working in the Bush administration as an associate counsel from 2001 to 2003 and as staff secretary from 2003 to 2006 before being confirmed to the federal bench.

McConnell also said he expects Senate Democrats to grill Kavanaugh on decisions he might make, which he characterized as atypical for the confirmation process.

Trump's eagerness to tease maximum drama out of the nomination he promised Sunday that an "exceptional person will be chosen" has drawn criticism from opposition ranks.

Check back in with Mediaite for coverage of Trump's decision tonight.

"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an very bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution. The White House prepared briefing materials on all four.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell threw his support behind Kavanaugh's nomination. And the president moved swiftly to fill those openings with young, conservative judges.

The Supreme Court should be an institution that includes justices based on merit and sound legal mind - not on who the current justices want to succeed them.

Kethledge, 51, sits on the Sixth Circuit appeals court.