Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Democratic lawmakers, liberal groups rally against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Democratic lawmakers, liberal groups rally against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

After Monday night's announcement, Senate Republicans will begin immediately to map out their strategy for getting President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee confirmed.

Many Democrats fear that Kavanaugh's conservative credentials - in a bench that is now tied 4-4 between liberal and conservative justices- will tilt the court right for the foreseeable future, allowing a rewriting of everything from hard won rights on abortion to same-sex marriage.

" Sen. Ben Cardin, also a Democrat, said in a statement that he was "gravely concerned" about Kavanaugh's willingness to defer criminal investigations and prosecutions presidential misconduct until after President Trump leaves office".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week.

"We look forward to supporting Kavanaugh throughout the confirmation process".

Trump has vowed to put justices on the court and overturn Roe v Wade.

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Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old conservative-leaning federal judge for the past 12 years, is no stranger to executive branch politics and controversy.

Last night he confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the court in a move that has anxious liberals and womens' groups.

"Why did the president stick with Kavanaugh?"

His extensive record on what is widely viewed as the country's second most powerful court and in prior Washington jobs means his appointment promises to attract a barrage of questions during a contentious U.S. Senate confirmation process.

That service led to top posts in President Bush's White House as a lawyer and as staff secretary, the clearinghouse official who handles virtually every important document the president touches.

One measure of a judge's influence is how many of his clerks wind up working in the Supreme Court.

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Kimmel, 50, returned from vacation this week and was quick to address the president's claims, after he told people: "He [Kimmel] would stand outside of the sidewalk waiting for me". Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

He previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation. In fact, Trump's pick was said to have the "inside track" from the get-go, thanks to his D.C. connections.

The judge emphasized that no one is above the law, but he pointed out that the Constitution already provides a solution if there's a scoundrel in the White House. The campaign follows an earlier one from the organization-entitled "Another Great Justice" and costing seven figures-that was launched the day after Justice Kennedy announced his retirement.

For gun control advocates, Kavanaugh's past legal arguments are especially troubling because of his view that "judges can't consider public safety considerations when they're looking at the constitutionality of gun laws". The court's ruling in her favor was based on a constitutional principle, he wrote, "as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. Government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

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