Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Murkowski, Collins: Trump could have done worse than Kavanaugh

Murkowski, Collins: Trump could have done worse than Kavanaugh

Democrats have launched a bitter fight against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh - despite long odds that they can overcome the Republicans' slim Senate majority.

Kavanaugh's financial disclosures also showed he had two assets worth up to $65,000 in 2017, far less than current members of the Supreme Court.

The same poll finds that 56 percent of IN voters want their Senator, Joe Donnelly, to vote to confirm the Kavanaugh. Sen.

Barber argues that Kavanaugh, if given the opportunity, would be the swing vote in overturning Roe, which legalized abortion nationwide.

"Now is the time for the American people to make their voices heard, loudly, clearly, from one end of this country to the other".

Ingraham said that Democrats will create "viral drama" in order to turn out their base and "slash away" at a "perfectly competent" pick like Kavanaugh.

The conservative action group Judicial Crisis Network immediately launched a website called ConfirmKavanaugh.com featuring an advertisement for the nominee who "applies the Constitution just as it was written". They didn't care as much about picking Supreme Court justices as Republicans and Trump did.

Antonin Scalia, who served as an associate justice from 1986 to his death in 2016, earned $60,000 in noninvestment income in 2014.

When Trump finally tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy, McConnell resorted to changing procedural rules so he could be approved by a simple majority instead of the traditional 60-40 threshold.

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But, several sources said, Trump instead reopened in strong terms his demand that other countries spend more immediately. The alliance lists the U.S.as spending an estimated 3.5 percent of its GDP on its military budget this year.


But Republicans hold the narrowest of majorities in the Senate: 51 Republicans, against 49 Democrats and Independents. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room.

If Republican Senators don't break ranks, the votes of their Democratic colleagues won't matter.

The newly-nominated justice on Tuesday went to the US Capitol to begin meeting with senators ahead of any confirmation hearings to explain his positions. "Don't tell me this battle is already lost - I don't believe that".

But there's no need to worry about Kavanaugh's spending habits, because that debt of up to $200,000 was suddenly paid off, or fell below reporting requirements, last year.

Kavanaugh grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher.

The 53-year-old Yale-educated appellate court judge was born in Washington D.C., aided arguments for President Bill Clinton's impeachment, and worked at the White House under President George W. Bush. And, he has been part of some highly disputed legal cases.

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).

Mueller is looking into any links between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 electoral campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice.

Karl asked Fallon if he and other Democrats are "entirely misstating" Kavanaugh's view of executive power, noting that in a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article, Kavanaugh explicitly said that Congress "might consider exempting a president" from criminal prosecution and investigations because there is "no constitutional protection".

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