USA senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

Jul 14, 2018, 03:28
USA senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

Republicans are facing a narrow majority - 51-49, including two independents who caucus with the Democrats - in order to appoint President Donald Trump's nominee and McCain's absence could hinder that process.

Democrats have homed in on Kavanaugh's writing on executive power, arguing he would protect Trump from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation if it ever reaches the courts. He would succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of July.

On John Schnatter, who was forced out as head of the Papa John's pizza chain and subsequently the University of Louisville board of trustees for using racial insults, McConnell said, "There is no place for racism in this country". "I think if you frame it like that, you will be successful".

"Judge Kavanaugh's record shows a deep respect for and strict interpretation of the Constitution", said Sen.

"He basically reconfirmed to me that the Constitution is basically his guiding principle". However, Collins said she would not respond to pressure tactics.

Just look at the so-called criticism lobbed at Judge Kavanaugh by the left - he likes beer and burgers. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) when asked if Schumer can influence his vote...

Kavanaugh's friends eventually reimbursed him.

Kavanaugh has a habit of going into debt, presumably to watch baseball, and also reported $60,000 to $200,000 in 2006, the year he was confirmed as an appellate judge.

"When I was 15, I found a friend near death, bleeding to death from a back alley abortion", Frankel said, according to the Washington Examiner, which reported she held up the hanger and tapped it on the table.

Baldwin's decision was not unexpected and came three days after she voiced concerns about Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, but did not say whether she would endorse him or not.

Grassley said a speedy confirmation wasn't necessarily the goal.

Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right. The Republican-controlled Senate blocked his nomination and changed the Senate rules so that a nominee couldn't be confirmed in an election year. Capito said Kavanaugh is aware the road to confirmation is not easy.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reiterated his pledge to "fight this nominee with everything I've got". "He's a very strong person and he knows he's going to have a rough ride, but he seems very firm in his convictions". Adding that she would vote how she thought was right and that "it has nothing to do with the party".

With the President's announcement, the next hurdle for Kavanaugh will be to gain the U.S. Senate's approval.

Kavanaugh has also written that presidents don't have to follow laws they deem unconstitutional until a final court order says otherwise.

Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence met Tuesday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.