Questions about Kavanaugh temper enthusiasm for Trump pick

12 July, 2018, 07:56 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington

"I was lucky. My mum was a teacher in the 1960s and 1970s, she taught history at two largely African American public high schools in Washington DC, McKinlay Tech and HD Woodson", Judge Kavanaugh said.

After initially objecting to Kavanaugh's nomination, AFA explained on Tuesday that because of concerns expressed by its supporters and friends in the pro-life movement, it was "willing to let this process play out" and get clarification via the confirmation process. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens.

The same Red-State Democrats who voted for Gorsuch will likely also vote for Kavanaugh. The downside is that they'll be persona non grata in the party.

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".

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) pleaded that he was losing his voice and urged one reporter for The New York Times to "look at my statement". Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said. His nomination must be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then by the full Senate.

"We have to lower the expectations of our base". "I'm hopeful that maybe we'll get a couple of Democrats who will jump on board and do the right thing for a change, unlike what we've been hearing in the news".

Compared to their initial attacks on Kavanaugh, Democrats are putting less stress in recent days on the possibility that he could threaten Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision supporting abortion rights.

Did Schumer and Pelosi really think Trump was going to nominate a moderate? They see that as concerning amid the ongoing special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Kavanaugh is a United States Circuit Judge in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and was previously White House Staff Secretary during the presidency of George W. Bush.

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"I find it somewhat troubling that even before the President named Judge Kavanaugh that there were those who were roundly condemning the nominee without knowing who the nominee is", Murkowski said. In theory, the can vote either way on any issue, but a Kavanaugh confirmation would swing it sharply to the right.

Democrats also focused on a law review article Kavanaugh wrote in 2009 that said a president should not face criminal investigation while in office, and instead be impeached for wrongdoing. Unsurprisingly, given his popularity with groups like the FRC, Kavanaugh has supported "religious liberty" in health care settings, which opens up the possibility of formalizing discrimination against people who need birth control, miscarriage care and other treatments that "conscientious objectors" say they don't want to cover, perform or assist with.

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, meanwhile accused the Trump administration of being relentless in its efforts to reverse civil rights legislations that afforded protection to women.

Last month, the US Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision to uphold Trump's controversial order to block entry of most people from several Muslim-majority countries.

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While the White House was successful for the most part in keeping President Donald Trump's SCOTUS pick under wraps for the past two weeks, Trump was essentially decided on his nominee after Justice Anthony Kennedy told him he would retire in a meeting, Politico reported.

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