Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh as 'barrier' to Russian Federation inquiry - Schumer

Pauline Gross
July 11, 2018

At 53, Judge Kavanaugh is a young nominee to the United States Supreme Court. His confirmation is complicated by an unusually long record as an appellate judge and as a George W. Bush administration official - and also his role as part of the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Speaking at the White House, Judge Kavanaugh spoke about his Catholic faith.

Collins said Kavanaugh is "clearly qualified" but other issues also will come into play for her, specifically "judicial temperament" and "judicial philosophy".

Kavanaugh's confirmation will run through the Senate, prompting the endorsement from Cashman, Bidwill and several of their Georgetown Prep alumni.

Democrats are increasingly critical of Kavanaugh - in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the campaign's collusion with Russian Federation - for once penning an article saying presidents shouldn't face investigations and lawsuits, calling them "time-consuming and distracting", the Dallas Morning News reported. "He deserves a fair process and we intend to give him that". While refusing to answer whether he believed Roe was correctly decided during his confirmation hearing for the DC Circuit, once on the bench he wrote that his colleagues had "badly erred" by determining that an undocumented immigrant teen should have access to an abortion.

Kavanaugh told the president as he took the microphone to accept his nomination that he was "grateful to you" and "humbled by your confidence in me".

"I have often heard that other than matters of war and peace, this is the most important decision a President will make", Trump said, for once not exaggerating the size of the stakes.

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Primus said it's unlikely the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage would be overturned, but speculated that Roe v. Wade is "somewhere between in danger and definitely gone". Protesters have filled the steps of the Supreme Court in recent days.

"I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same", Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY said in a statement.

And pity poor Judge Thomas Hardiman, who just missed out on being the President's first Supreme Court pick, and was the unlucky bridesmaid again.

Kennedy was generally perceived as the Court's center, serving as the key swing vote in 5-4 cases that otherwise split the Court's four liberal and four conservative justices.

2011: In Heller v. D.C., Judge Kavanaugh dissents in court's ruling upholding a D.C. law banning the sale of semiautomatic rifles in the city. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heitkamp.

Through the two public appearances, Kavanaugh followed the standard Supreme Court nominee rule of thumb to be seen but not heard, smiling and ignoring shouted questions from reporters, including one from ABC's Jon Karl about whether he thinks he can overcome Democratic opposition.

Asked repeatedly if some sort of deal between Trump and Kennedy was struck before Kennedy announced his retirement, Shah dodged, saying things like "I'm not going to read out private conversations that Justice Kennedy had with either members of the White House or the president", and, "Justice Kennedy can speak for himself".

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