Prof. Andrew O'Geen on Trump's Latest SCOTUS Nominee

Cesar Mills
July 12, 2018

Democrats have launched a bitter fight against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh - despite long odds that they can overcome the Republicans' slim Senate majority.

"This will not happen without a fight", New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said to a rally crowd outside SCOTUS. Kavanaugh is meeting with many lawmakers during his confirmation process to give them chances to talk with him personally. To Democrats, he's a threat to women's reproductive rights and the Obama health care program. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill, July 11, 2018. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican, and Sen. "All that changes for me is that we now have a nominee", she said.

During his introduction Monday night, Kavanaugh emphasized his belief that judges "must be independent" and "interpret the law, not make the law".

Fallon, who is the executive director of Demand Justice, a new group that promotes progressive judicial nominees, said his organization has been working to persuade senators to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation. But their lines of attack have expanded.

"We should be very concerned that this nominee has been vetted by the Heritage Foundation, whose goal is to repeal the ACA and the protections it provides", Sen.

"Kavanaugh has said that a sitting president should not be criminally indicted, no matter what evidence of wrongdoing is uncovered", Gupta said in a statement. He described how his mother went on to earn a law degree, become a prosecutor and a judge.

For decades, Supreme Court battles have motivated the GOP's socially conservative base far more than Democrats.

That said, it is a decision that is entirely up to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and the Iowa Republican made clear to CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday that he needs time to get his arms around the scale of the documents and review process before he locks in a timeline.

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The two groups are also planning a bus tour in mid-September to support Kavanaugh in all of the states, with the exception of Montana.

Those arguments could energize Democratic voters before the midterm elections. But for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - whose primary goal is to lock in all 50 present Republicans - Collins and Murkowski certainly haven't raised any significant red flags yet. "But nevertheless it's an issue that I certainly will raise with him".

The letter cited several of Kavanaugh's past opinions, arguing that his conservative bias would place past Supreme Court rulings at risk.

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh before the court begins its session in October.

More than any other red-state senator, Heitkamp has received a remarkable amount of help from Republicans to keep her job.

Kavanaugh worked as a White House staff secretary for President George W. Bush before Bush nominated him for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. They are entering the public discourse just as Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has suggested he may subpoena the president as part of his inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to influence the 2016 election, and whether Trump obstructed justice.

The last president to fill more than two Supreme Court vacancies was Ronald Reagan, who filled three.

"He's taken a position that the president should not be open to any civil or criminal case while he's the president", Kauffman explains. "And a president who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is nearly inevitably going to do a worse job as president". Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who all voted for Trump's initial Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

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