Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

McConnell predicts Senate vote on Kavanaugh in last week of September

McConnell predicts Senate vote on Kavanaugh in last week of September

Senators now are expected to vote down party lines and would not dare to vote for another President's Supreme Court Nominee. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's critics claimed he committed perjury during his Senate hearings last week.

Kavanaugh said: "I'm happy to answer a more specific question". But the Weekly Standard noted that neither has indicated they believe Kavanaugh should be subjected to a pro-Roe litmus test that no sitting Supreme Court justice had to pass.

If the Senate confirms Kavanaugh, which still appears likely despite sharpening Democratic questions about his honesty, he will cement a five-member majority of Republican-appointed justices.

It also says he committed perjury during hearings related to his confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Affirmative action refers to policies that favor groups like racial minorities in practices such as hiring that have experienced past discrimination.

McConnell predicted that Kavanaugh, the conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump for a lifetime job on the top USA judicial body, would be on the Supreme Court when it opens its new term on October 1. That prospect worries Democrats and heartens Republicans on volatile issues including abortion, gun rights, gay rights, the death penalty, religious liberty and business regulation.

Among the speakers at the press conference was Marcus Sibley, communications director for the state conference of the NAACP, who called Kavanaugh a "danagerous ideologe", Sibley said the NAACP had opposed Kavanaugh when he was fisrt appointed as a federal judge.

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Responding to Durbin, Kavanaugh said his 12 years as a judge demonstrate he is unafraid "to invalidate executive power when it violates the law".

Kavanaugh repeatedly has invoked the "Ginsburg rule", appealing to the desire to maintain the court's independence by declining to give any indication of how a nominee might rule on cases that could come before the court.

In refusing to engage on Trump, Kavanaugh declined even to condemn the president's persistent criticisms of the federal judiciary. In a lengthy prepared statement, White highlighted Kavanaugh's methods of interpreting laws and his adherence to the U.S. Constitution.

Kavanaugh completed two days of lengthy questioning by senators on Thursday night, keeping his composure under intense questioning by Democrats. And Kavanaugh said essentially to the author that that was an overstatement.

Since January, Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has asked every nominee, including those up for judicial positions, if they've ever sexually harassed or assaulted anyone.

Fellow Democrats Menendez and Pallone praised Booker for his courage in demanding release of the documents. Booker said he was willing to face possible punishment under Senate rules by releasing the documents himself, although Republicans said they had already agreed to release them. The document had been held by the committee as confidential, but was made public Thursday. "That is irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator", Republican Senator John Cornyn said of Booker.

For Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris, of California, and Cory Booker, of New Jersey, the week was a chance to grab some national attention and score some points with the progressive base - as many political observers wonder about their presidential aspirations in 2020.

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