Do you approve of Trump's Supreme Court pick?

Jul 12, 2018, 20:39
Do you approve of Trump's Supreme Court pick?

As the Senate moves to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the attendance of one senator is still up in the air: U.S. Sen.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, said in an interview Wednesday that Kavanaugh's belief in broad presidential authority was "just off the deep end". "In our opinion, creating and supporting barriers to women seeking to make choices about our own bodies is pretty extreme".

The opposite is true of Republican Sen. More extensive document production - particularly to the scale Democrats appear ready to request - will take time and could push back the current aggressive target for hearings and votes. "There weren't any questions on constitutionalist judicial philosophy and application of the Constitution - whereas with Kavanaugh, there are some questions", he explains.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to the Women's March statement as proof that he was correct when he said Sunday that Trump "could nominate George Washington and the left would go insane". "There are a lot of people in America who still say, 'I voted for him, I guess he's OK.' But when you ask them, 'Does he need a check and balance?,' they say, 'Definitely'".

A Yale Law graduate, Kavanaugh clerked for retiring Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.

Congressional Republicans suffered a crushing defeat in 2017 when they tried and failed to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, former President Barack Obama's healthcare law. But their lines of attack have expanded.

The three swingiest votes on our list are Republicans, because it's going to take Republican defections to keep Kavanaugh off the bench, and because red-state Democrats are more likely to feel pressure to support Kavanaugh if these Republicans defect.

Judge Kavanaugh, gun rights advocates say, can be counted on.

"At a time when the President and his associates are under investigation for various serious crimes, including colluding with the Russian government and obstructing justice, Judge Kavanaugh's extreme deference to the Executive poses a direct threat to our democracy", the letter read. He described how his mother went on to earn a law degree, become a prosecutor and a judge.

As a Supreme Court justice, Kavanaugh would make about $255,300 per year.

Democrats are making the case that Kavanaugh should pledge to recuse himself from any case involving Trump's financial dealings or the Russian Federation investigation. "He clearly is qualified for the job", Collins said. "I will carefully review and consider the record and qualifications of Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

Kavanaugh has played a role in major partisan political battles, working with independent counsel Ken Starr to prosecute President Bill Clinton and with President George W. Bush's legal team during the 2000 election recount.

One key swing vote, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) haven't expressed deep reservations about Kavanaugh.

Trump "chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation", Schumer said, adding that Kavanaugh has written that a president should not be investigated and could choose not to follow the law if he deemed it unconstitutional. "But nevertheless it's an issue that I certainly will raise with him".

But Kavanaugh's record complicates the Democrats' initial desire to focus exclusively on abortion rights. But what, exactly, is their argument to voters?

"So, all we're doing is following a long-standing tradition of not filling vacancies on the Supreme Court in the middle of a presidential election year".

"Whether the Constitution allows indictment of a sitting president is debatable", Kavanaugh wrote in the Georgetown Law Journal in 1998. The President's job is hard enough as is.

"They had signs printed out for all four of the different people who might have been picked so that they could have their mad libs protests - use your sharpie and fill in whoever the devil's going to be that's supposedly going to end the world before he's even been picked", continued Sasse.

Durbin also sits on the judiciary committee.

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