Partisan Divide Deepens Over Trump’s Supreme Court Pick
13 July, 2018, 08:04
In a spirited speech on the Senate floor Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Democrats are trying to "bork" President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
By 2017, his credit card debt was paid off, or did not meet the threshold of being reported on his disclosures.
Kavanaugh's financial disclosure shows that in 2016, he reported $60,000 to $200,000 of debt from three credit cards and a U.S. government loan, some of which was spent on home improvements. Shah told Brittain that Kavanaugh's friends paid back their debt and he no longer buys season tickets. Shah said some of the debts were also for home improvements.
A Republican strategist involved in Senate races said court appointments are hugely motivating factors for evangelical voters and some rank-and-file Republicans who weren't Trump supporters right away.
Kavanaugh's required disclosure forms deal in broad ranges, so it's hard to get an accurate picture of his financial situation (with good Nationals seasons tickets running as much as $6,000 Kavanaugh could have been buying tickets for ten friends, or almost three dozen).
The value of residences is not subject to disclosure, and Shah added that Kavanaugh has a government retirement account worth almost half a million dollars that also was not required to be disclosed. Judges are required by law to submit financial disclosures. He said the attacks on Kavanaugh, which in the media have included attacks on his first name and his ethnicity, are an "extreme" distortion of his record. He believes that even in red states, Democratic senators can cite preserving the Affordable Care Act as the "number one" reason they'd vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation. The Court's newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, reported assets worth between $3.6 million to $10.5 million in his most recent filings. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) - condemned the choice and said Kavanaugh, if confirmed, could mean the end of Roe v. Wade and a negative impact on women.
Al Kauffman, a professor at St. Mary's University School of Law, said Kavanaugh has a pretty good chance at getting confirmed based on his qualifications, but it will be a very close vote.
- "Purchasing season tickets to watch the chronically disappointing Washington Nationals play baseball in their charmless stadium year after year", Deadspin deadpanned "is a troubling sign of poor judgment".