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Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick

FILE Amy Coney Barrett               screen grab via C-SPAN FILE Amy Coney Barrett screen grab via C-SPAN
Melinda Barton | 11 July, 2018, 05:19

Kavanaugh is one of two dozen jurists Trump listed as potential Supreme Court nominees during the 2016 campaign, a list that generated significant enthusiasm among social conservatives who have long sought to overturn abortion rights in America, among other causes. The messaging initially centered on the future of abortion rights in the USA under a court with Kavanaugh on it.

While many in pro-life and conservative circles are celebrating Kavanaugh's nomination, some suggest now is the time to scrutinize these and other ambiguities.

Trump said Monday he picked Kavanaugh for his "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and proven commitment to equal justice under the law". "I look forward to following the U.S. Senate confirmation process". Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat whose vote on Kavanaugh could be pivotal on the Senate floor.

Despite this, Judge Kavanaugh appears to take a restrictive view of the federal government's regulatory authority, arguing in a dissent this year that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional, and opposing the FCC's net neutrality rule aimed at ensuring a free and open internet. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House. "I get all that, but we are constitutionalists and we get to ask questions too", he explained.

It's likely to become the most turbulent confirmation fight for a Supreme Court justice in years, with Kavanaugh already being cast as a hero or villain. "I am interested in knowing more about Mr. Kavanaugh", Levin said in evaluating the nominee, discussing the media and political pundits rushing to pro- and anti-Kavanaugh stances.

JCN played an active role in opposing the 2016 candidacy of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court - a nomination that died during the final months of the Obama presidency - and supported the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court past year. McConnell, who called Kavanaugh a "superb choice", hasn't explicitly said whether his goal is to complete a confirmation before the November midterm elections.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen.

"Not only did Mr. Kavanaugh say that a president should not be subpoenaed, he said a president shouldn't be investigated", Schumer said. He would take the bench in August, as Kennedy retires July 31.

It's common for a major nomination to trigger a paperwork avalanche during the laborious Senate confirmation process, which will see Kavanaugh having one-on-one meetings with influential senators before he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will vote to send his nomination to the Senate floor.

Before the president's announcement, the Washington Examiner relayed a quote from an unnamed source close to the White House that "there are concerns in the pro-life community that his decisions in some cases mean he's not as solidly pro-life as we would like him to be".

All White House documents are given to the National Archives after the president leaves office as part of the Presidential Records Act.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

It's hard to imagine Trump, the cynical dealmaker, not striking one with a Supreme Court nominee while the Mueller investigation is still hanging over his head.

Kavanaugh, 53, is well respected by the Republican establishment, although some on the right have said he is not conservative enough.