Emotions high as Kavanaugh begins fight for confirmation

Jul 14, 2018, 01:26
Emotions high as Kavanaugh begins fight for confirmation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he expects confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh to begin "in late August or early September" and that Kavanaugh, who he described as an "all-star", would be confirmed in time to be on the court for its new term on October 1. He added that Kavanaugh's friends paid him back for the tickets and the judge has stopped buying season tickets after racking up debt. "The stakes are high for the LGBT community".

A Republican strategist involved in Senate races said court appointments are hugely motivating factors for evangelical voters and some rank-and-file Republicans who weren't Trump supporters right away. I mean, there may be people who, in their personal lives, oppose or favor abortion, oppose or favor gun rights.

According to aides close to the White House who spoke to Politico, in that meeting Kennedy recommended Trump pick Brett Kavanaugh, who had served as a former law clerk to Kennedy.

"The @GOP and leaders like @LindseyGrahamSC and @SenateMajLdr seem to care more about a typo in a press release than they do about the future, safety, and rights of women, children, and our nation's most marginalized communities", the group said in another tweet. He said the attacks on Kavanaugh, which in the media have included attacks on his first name and his ethnicity, are an "extreme" distortion of his record.

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Once again Pence owned his pro-life convictions, while insisting that the president had not discussed Roe with Judge Kavanaugh.

Manchin, Donnelly and Heitkamp were the only Democrats who voted a year ago to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The irony is, originalist Supreme Court justices like Kavanaugh would have agreed with Abraham Lincoln against the South, especially on the issue of slavery.

Kavanaugh still needs Senate confirmation to join the Court.

Kavanaugh is a favorite of the GOP legal establishment, and his arrival as President Donald Trump's nominee was greeted on Capitol Hill with praise from Republicans and skepticism from Democrats.

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At the end of last month, Justice Anthony Kennedy, announced he would be retiring and stepping down effective July 31st, 2018.

With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative already being cheered by top Republican senators. Even if they do, states would immediately pass laws legalizing abortion and gay marriage. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall. "So this is a stunning thing to me that is so shocking that we're going to have to allow this to happen".

"To say that if a president deems a law unconstitutional, he doesn't have to obey it, that's unsafe at any time, but it's particularly risky when Donald Trump is president and we are going to make this a major and important issue", Schumer said. King also says calls to his office are overwhelmingly opposed to Kavanaugh.

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