Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Would Brett Kavanaugh overturn Roe? Supreme Court pick’s record offers mixed clues

Would Brett Kavanaugh overturn Roe? Supreme Court pick’s record offers mixed clues

Trump chose the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"President Trump said he was going to put somebody on the court who was going to overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal and take away preexisting conditions and that's what he's got", Sen.

The pick, as expected, disappointed liberals concerned about reproductive rights and civil liberties but was welcomed by conservatives as an opportunity to reshape the court for perhaps decades.

And from Politico: "Administration officials said Trump was taken with Kavanaugh even before his conversation with Kennedy".

In the law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that Congress could consider a law exempting the president while in office from criminal prosecution because it is "inevitably politicized by both their supporters and critics". "I look forward to following the U.S. Senate confirmation process". Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Dianne Feinstein of California.

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In one of them, Kavanaugh ruled against a group of Verizon employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

"Justice Rehnquist was not successful in convincing a majority of the justices in the context of abortion either in Roe itself or in the later cases such as Casey, in the latter case perhaps because of stare decisis", he continued.

As I observed earlier today, the sad reality of the soon-to-be-intense fight over confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court is that if Senate Republicans stick together, he'll be confirmed, period.

JCN played an active role in opposing the 2016 candidacy of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court - a nomination that died during the final months of the Obama presidency - and supported the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court previous year. "Judge Kavanaugh possesses an impressive resume, an outstanding legal mind, and an exemplary legal temperament". He has said the president shouldn't be investigated.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said: "If confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will have the chance to codify President Trump and Vice President Pence's risky anti-LGBTQ record and the agenda of anti-LGBTQ groups into law for decades to come".

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No confirmation hearings have yet been scheduled for Kavanaugh but the judicial nominee is scheduled to meet with Orrin Hatch of Utah, a seven-term senator and former chair of the Senate judiciary committee, on Wednesday.

Over the years, Kavanaugh developed a "pretty good track record" of writing dissents that signaled to former Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia that the high court should hear a case, Robert Percival, director of the University of Maryland's Environmental Law Program, told E&E News in 2016.

This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump.

He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

"We know #KavanaughSCOTUS is an extremist who has been expressed disturbing views on presidential power and would criminalize abortion". He helped draft the Starr Report, which called for President Bill Clinton to be impeached because he lied about having had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. "He's clearly qualified for the job", said the Maine Republican. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

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"We'll do well to remember that we are evaluating a judge, not debating a candidate for political office", McConnell said, noting that several Democrats had signaled their opposition to Trump's pick before the nomination was made public.

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