UI prof who worked with nominee: Kavanaugh 'a good guy, very smart'

UI prof who worked with nominee: Kavanaugh 'a good guy, very smart'

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee is kicking his closed-door meetings with senators into high gear Wednesday, all as the parameters of the fight over his nomination start to settle in around him.

While the Democrats are framing a vote to confirm Kavanaugh as "a vote to rip health care from American families and deny women their right to make their own health care choices", Covington doesn't believe his presence on the court would dramatically swing it's decisions one way or another. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska made clear that while they're both in the earliest of stages of reviewing Kavanaugh's record, they both find him to be "qualified" for the position. They say Trump might be accused of a crime.

Hatch also said Tuesday that Democrats' concern that Kavanaugh's appointment to the court would endanger abortion rights was overblown and labeled it "pathetic" as a rallying cry against him.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by Trump last year, reported assets of at least $3.6 million, and the average net worth of current members of the court was $4.6 million last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

He was making the rounds on Capitol Hill Wednesday, paying courtesy calls tp some of the senators who will decide his fate.

The Supreme Court sits at the top of the judicial branch of government.

While Collins has praised Kavanaugh's "impressive credentials", which include a dozen years as a federal judge, she said she would vote against any nominee who is "hostile" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that cemented the legality of abortions nationwide. He got a ideal SAT score, but he has been outmaneuvered.

The financial site MarketWatch noted that according to his listed assets, Kavanaugh will become, if he is confirmed, the only member of the Supreme Court who is not a millionaire, leading the site to ask, "Brett Kavanaugh has saved nearly nothing - so does he actually understand business?"

"If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case, and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American Rule of Law", he said earlier.

Democrats are targeting moderate Republican Sens.

Now Sen. Schumer is the consummate politician, and a very intelligent guy.

Linder said it's more likely Kavanaugh would vote with the other conservatives to chip away at Roe vs. Wade on a state-by-state basis.

White House Spokesperson Raj Shah, however, did offer an explanation for some portion of the debt - and its sudden payment. This includes launching a $5 million ad campaign and harnessing #StopKavanaugh on social media.

During the Gorsuch vote, three Democrats from conservative states ended up siding with Republicans, and a question now is whether they will support Kavanaugh.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with opposition Democrats, said Kavanaugh would serve as a "rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires". "Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of" Obamacare".

Friends paid them off, Shah said. Speculation is now running rampant on both sides as to whether Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe, in what may be the first clear pro-life majority the court has ever had.

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