USA senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

USA senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

Troy Covington, counsel at the Bloom Parham firm in Atlanta and a legal expert with experience in Supreme Court issues, spoke to Business Insider on Tuesday about what Senators will likely focus on during Kavanaugh's confirmation process and the long-term influence Kavanaugh could exert on the court.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of U.S. society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions.

King says that he is continuing to read though hundreds of pages of Kavanaugh's decisions and hopes to meet privately with Kavanaugh before he makes his decision on confirmation. Justice Kennedy was the sole Republican appointee who sided with the court's four Democratic appointees to uphold the constitutional right to procure an abortion. Flake is one of Trump's most vocal critics, but he seems to be OK with this Supreme Court nominee.

Kavanaugh worked as a White House staff secretary for President George W. Bush before Bush nominated him for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. A CNN article published Monday said Cramer had asked the president not to make "some sort of affirmative action pick".

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". Senate Democrats don't have a majority, however, and they are powerless to block the nomination unless some Senate Republicans join them.

Last year, the Senate confirmed Katsas, a prominent conservative attorney, to replace Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who retired without seeking senior status.

The party lines are set.

Does this mean Chief Justice Roberts would inherit Justice Kennedy's position as the swing vote? Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old appeals judge, is revered in conservative circles for his perceived loyalty to the text of the Constitution.

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. McConnell was wary of Democratic attempts to use that as a tactic to string out or delay the confirmation process - one Republicans want completed in September, aides say. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room.


Meanwhile, Senate Democrats were already pushing a coordinated message against Kavanaugh as an unacceptable choice on both policy and political grounds.

"I look forward to the upcoming hearings, reviewing the record, and meeting personally with Judge Kavanaugh, with an open mind, the senator tweeted on Tuesday".

"It would skew quite a bit to the appointees of Democratic presidents in the short term", said Lisa Heinzerling, a law professor at Georgetown Law School. But they warn that confirming him will tilt the court rightward, potentially rolling back women's access to abortion and undoing aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh started working to secure his place on the high court Tuesday.

"Roe v. Wade will be here forever", said Fitzpatrick. The report outlined in broad detail grounds on which to impeach President Clinton for his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

In Wednesday's podcast, Fallon said he believes Kaine is "one of the most honorable men in politics" but disagrees with his approach to Kavanaugh's nomination.

Stephen Colbert is "still recovering from watching America's Next Top Justice", alluding to President Trump's reality-show-ification of announcing his new Supreme Court Justice nominee. Special counsel Robert Mueller, of course, is now investigating potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

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