Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

NOM and other conservative groups have launched massive lobbying operations in favour of Kavanaugh, who was vetted by the anti-LGBT Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society, both of whom have strongly opposed anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

Outside Trump Tower in Midtown, demonstrators gathered to protest the potential shift of the Supreme Court to the right.

Trump said that Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" and is "universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

"Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty". President George W. Bush first nominated Brett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 25, 2003.

Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale.

Kavanaugh worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel whose investigation of Clinton helped spur an effort by congressional Republicans in 1998 and 1999 to impeach the Democratic president and remove him from office.

At 53, Kavanaugh is relatively young.

FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group, issued a statement applauding Trump for choosing Judge Kavanaugh.

Each of the nine justices has a lifetime appointment.

But whether Senate Democrats will stay united in opposition to Kavanaugh also is in question.

Kavanaugh still lives in the D.C. area, raising his kids in the Maryland suburbs just miles from the White House.

PM meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte: 3 July 2018
However, on the issue of trade Rutte said the U.S. risked destabilising transatlantic relations by setting punitive tariffs. Rutte that it felt like the "Academy Awards" as the cameras flashed, The Daily Caller reported .

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward. Whether or not the Supreme Court enforces the spirit of those words, 'Equal Justice Under Law, ' is determined by the individuals who sit on that Court", Harris wrote. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".

As for the right, many will likely back Trump's pick in the hopes of pushing the high court in a conservative direction, but not everyone is pleased.

But any Republican defections could be offset by centrist Democrats campaigning for re-election in conservative-leaning states Trump won handily in 2016. While I happen to think Presidents are entitled to the confirmation of their judicial nominees if they're intellectually and experientially qualified, it has always been accepted that ideology plays a major role in both the appointment and confirmation process. The last thing working men and women in Pennsylvania need is another corporate justice on an increasingly corporate court.

The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49. Murkowski said, after a reporter asked her if any GOP members could afford to vote against the nominee.

"If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named-particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list-are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks". "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision". One night after Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump met with Democratic Sens. This hour, On Point: Our supreme list of court experts on the legal stakes and political battles ahead. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

"The ramifications of this battle will last a generation or more".

A right-leaning Supreme Court would be one of Trump's lasting legacies and highly prized gift to his conservative base after he previous year delivered his first Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch.

Judge Kavanaugh said he would begin meetings with senators on Tuesday. "The decisions a President must make are hard and often life-or-death, the pressure is relentless, the problems arise from all directions, the criticism is unremitting and personal, and at the end of the day only one person is responsible".

Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well.

As a result, Trump found more than twice as many judicial vacancies waiting for him when he entered the White House as Obama did.

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