Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Will the US Senate vote for Trump's Supreme Court nominee?

Will the US Senate vote for Trump's Supreme Court nominee?

This is one of the most consequential decisions any senator will make, and in evaluating Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, I will thoroughly and thoughtfully research his positions, record, and judicial temperament - but I will do so with some skepticism, because the president has made clear, both on the campaign trail and after being sworn in, the type of Supreme Court Justice he would seek to nominate with regard to important issues like a woman's right to choose, the Affordable Care Act and the limits of executive power.

"When you look at the credentials that Judge Kavanaugh brings to the job", she said, "it'll be very hard for anyone to argue that he's not qualified for the job".

With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative. Since 2006, he has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

In 2009, Kavanaugh floated the idea that presidents should be immune from criminal and civil charges while in office because of the pressures of leading the nation.

To hear Republicans tell it, Brett Kavanaugh is a skilled and well-respected judge who reveres the Constitution. "Judge Kavanaugh has argued that the Supreme Court should question the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act".

The official says Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

On Monday, Trump phoned Justice Anthony Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman. He previously worked for Starr during the H.W. Bush Administration. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions. The Environmental Defense Fund, for example, said it will be examining Kavanaugh's record as his nomination moves through the confirmation process. Rand Paul, a fierce opponent of government surveillance that some critics say Kavanaugh would vote to legitimize, vowed to keep an "open mind" on his nomination.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition. Progressive stalwart Sherrod Brown of OH said: "I will make a decision after meeting with him". Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are also seen as possible votes for the nominee. Chris Coons said at a press conference Tuesday along with other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. There is a small contingent of Democrats from states that Trump won in 2016 who face narrow paths to reelection this fall.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Democrats plan to pressure two moderate Senate Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, to oppose the nomination. At the top of that list is abortion.

Also, they might win the House of Representatives this November.

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Collins, one of three GOP senators who opposed efforts to repeal Obamacare a year ago, said Tuesday that health care issue is "very important to me" in considering Kavanaugh's candidacy. He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public.

Democrats are likely to confront Kavanaugh with those words when he sits for his confirmation hearing.

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". He dissented from a ruling that let an undocumented immigrant teenager get an abortion while in federal custody.

Amar's endorsement is remarkable because by his own admission, he strongly supported Hillary Clinton for president as well as President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, whose confirmation was stalled by Republicans. Of the four liberal justices, three are women (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor). That's Republicans and Democrats alike. Neither faces re-election this year, and both are centrists who've backed abortion rights and helped block their party's 2017 effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care statute. Jon Kyl, his guide for the confirmation process. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, so they can approve Trump's nominee without any Democratic support as long as they don't lose more than one vote. If you're going to do something risky in this emergency situation, it should be something that might actually make a difference. Issuing the invitations makes the lawmakers choose between humoring voters who think they should be bipartisan and others who feel they shouldn't condone Trump's pick.

The appellate court judge's first, well-photographed stop: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said. Charles Schumer asked Kavanaugh: "Do you consider Roe v. Wade to be an abomination?"

A divided Supreme Court ultimately upheld that mandate as a tax.

"He's Trump's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card", Cardin says.

After about 30 minutes, some of the protesters, including Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams, were arrested.

"The people who are on the wrong side of the culture are the Left", he said.

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