Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

Pauline Gross
July 10, 2018

President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, a choice that could create the most conservative court in generations and possibly change landmark rulings, including the Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

"Bob Casey's opposition to President Trump's nominee before he or she has even been named shows he has given up any pretense of being a moderate voice", said NRSC Spokesman Bob Salera. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime time TV at the White House. Hardiman was said to be the runner-up to succeed Antonin Scalia, the seat Neil Gorsuch eventually occupied after being confirmed in 2017.

Kavanaugh beat out three other contenders and federal judges for the nomination, including Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman and Raymond Kethledge, to secure Trump's second nomination to the country's highest court. Barrett is a former University of Notre Dame law professor, (and a graduate of the school; Kavanaugh meanwhile received his undergrad and law degrees from Yale). 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". Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was. Others chanted: "Kavanaugh has got to go!"

Some conservatives lobbied against him, worrying that his upbringing in the suburbs of D.C. could mean he'll be the kind of justice who has disappointed conservatives before. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an appellate judge from Maryland who has ruled against Obamacare and abortion rights in the past.

Kavanaugh, 53, is said to be supported by White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search.

"At the end of the day, she'll recognize that this judge has that judicial temperament [she is looking for]", Severino said, before the nomination was revealed Monday night. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".

In that dissent, Kavanaugh wrote that "the regulations substantially burden the religious organizations' exercise of religion because the regulations require the organizations to take an action contrary to their honest religious beliefs (submitting the form) or else pay significant monetary penalties".

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But his decision and status as the court's swing vote on a number of social issues left liberals anxious the court would soon become more conservative under Trump's watch. Kavanaugh actually co-authored Starr's report, which eventually led to Clinton's impeachment, according to The New York Times.

With a short list of candidates already in hand, Trump has moved quickly to select his nominee, just 12 days after Kennedy announced his retirement.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".

McConnell's argument, per sources who have heard him make it directly, is that Kethledge is non-controversial and would not face the same problems in the Senate confirmation process-meaning he would rather not have to fight than have a nominee with fewer questions about his or her conservative positions.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.

A practicing Catholic active in various religious organizations, Kavanaugh is a married father of two girls. "The members of that community disagree about many things but we are united by a commitment to serve". Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.

Trump is scheduled to announce a nominee at 9 p.m. Monday. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of IN, all of whom face tough re-election bids.

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