Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

Is Kavanaugh Trump's 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card'?

Trump's Hollywood critics line up against Kavanaugh Greg Nash
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2018, 04:11

CNN reported no Democrat lawmakers were in the East Room when Trump made his announcement.

While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

"We have a job to do as members of the Judiciary Committee to dig into his record". "I am going to do my due diligence, exercise an independent review and independent judgment so don't have a feeling one way or another", said the Alabama Democrat. "The most important thing we can do".

The conservative Judicial Crisis Network is set to launch a $1.4 million ad buy on behalf of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Additionally, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) did not offer a statement Monday night as to whether it would oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday that Kavanaugh's selection would put healthcare protections in the ACA, such as protections for people with preexisting conditions, "at grave, grave risk" and said people should demand a justice to "protect our healthcare, not strike it down".

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt - the dean of Alabama congressmen in the lower chamber - urged the Senate to quickly confirm Kavanaugh. While Trump was reportedly already interested in Kavanaugh before that discussion with Kennedy, the retiring jurist's recommendation helped seal the deal.

In his 2006 confirmation hearing to become a federal judge, Kavanaugh told the Senate, "I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully" because it's "binding precedent" that has been "reaffirmed many times".

Trump to name his Supreme Court nominee
Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump past year . White House Principal Press Secretary, Raj Shah , tweeted out the following statement regarding Casey's opposition.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition. In 1998, Judge Kavanaugh wrote that "Congress should give back to the President the full power to act when he believes that a particular independent counsel is 'out to get him.'" And Judge Kavanaugh has argued that all investigations and prosecutions of the president should be deferred until out of office, so that the president can focus on the job without distractions. And they certainly want Trump's choice confirmed before the November election, when Democrats have a long-shot chance of retaking the Senate majority.

Similar sentiments were shared by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks.

He is a connected Washington insider with roots in politics and has written more than 300 opinions in the 12 years he has been on the D.C. Circuit. "I will go through the same process".

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey commended Trump on the nomination of Kavanaugh.

That matters now - especially to Democrats mulling whether to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination to the highest court in the nation - because Trump is facing a special counsel probe into Russian election interference in 2016 and whether anyone in Trump campaign took part.

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.

Jennifer Mascott, a former law clerk for Kavanaugh who's now an assistant professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University, says it's impossible to tell how he would rule in a future case concerning abortion rights.

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. Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement.