Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump names Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Trump names Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

They were all part of a 25-name list vetted by conservative groups.

The Senate's top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hailed a "superb choice" in Kavanaugh and urged senators to "put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command". It was McConnell, according to one GOP official, who suggested that Arizona's former Sen.

When he ran for president, Donald Trump told his voters that they were the victims of a rigged system.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving", said Trump, who called Kavanaugh "one of the sharpest legal minds of our time". Kavanaugh has written about a need to free the executive branch from intrusive criminal investigations. "Trump is just way over the bounds - he needs to be impeached", she said.

"Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!" he wrote.

But that may be a tall order.

A senior White House aide under Bush, he previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Jon Kyl. He also met with Sen. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. During a brief introduction of Kavanaugh, the president stated, "What matters is not a judge's political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require".

Grassley said a speedy confirmation wasn't necessarily the goal.

"It's insane" over there, said a source close to the process. With just 51 Republicans in the Senate and Sen.

All face tough re-election races this November in states Trump won easily in 2016.

Senators will be seeking access to Kavanaugh's writings and correspondence, reams of documents that will take weeks to compile and even longer to review, giving opponents ample opportunity to wage a political battle.

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But in the wake of Trump's nomination, Tanden said, it's the left's turn to use the Supreme Court to fire up voters.

With roughly two dozen Democratic amendments in play, Republicans fired back with one of their own. In the Bush White House, Kavanaugh was a key player in choosing U.S. Supreme Court nominees, most of whom were very right-wing.

Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes.

"Kavanaugh would bring all of Trump's worst qualities to the Supreme Court for decades to come", said Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. "He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy".

"All it does is keep families together while we're in the process of adjudication", said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., the measure's sponsor. Democratic senators serving in Republican-leaning states including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of in and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota made similar remarks, though top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer blasted Trump's pick. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California.

Kavanaugh in the past has made statements about respecting precedent that could help in winning over senators, particularly Murkowski and Collins. Barrett is Catholic and was better known as a professor at Notre Dame before being named a federal judge previous year.

Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the 2000 recount fight, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome.

A favourite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Mr Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening.

Democrats are expected to cast Kavanaugh's confirmation as a referendum on the future of the Affordable Care Act and abortion, issues that may make it harder for a handful of moderate Republicans to stick together.

Terry, a longtime pro-life activist, led a handful of protesters outside the White House on Monday, who said they were there to call for the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

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