Republican senators are gaslighting Democrats on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

12 July, 2018, 05:58 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate - but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) isn't expected to vote due to medical issues that make it hard for him to travel to Capitol Hill.

In 1999, Kavanaugh wrote an amicus brief for the Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think tank that opposes affirmative action in the college admissions process, about when it is appropriate for the government to use affirmative action.

Trump's nominee will face a hard battle to get senate confirmation.

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella coalition of more than 200 civil rights organisations in the United States, likened Kavanaugh to Trump, a property tycoon, saying "he would protect the rights of the wealthy and powerful over the rights of all". The three are running for re-election in states where Trump polls highly. With the Florida votes still undecided in December because of a state-mandated recount due to the razor-thin margin of the election results, Kavanaugh joined Bush's legal team, which was trying to stop the ballot recount in the state.

In 2015, Kavanaugh, a Roman Catholic, filed a dissent in a case involving religious employers and reproductive rights. He said it was clear that many Democrats "didn't care who the nominee was at all". Vermont's senior senator wants to see what the Judiciary Committee's vetting process turns up.

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones said in Twitter message on Tuesday. "I do not apply an ideological test to their personal views".

Kavanaugh disappointed social conservatives in a 2017 case involving a pregnant teenage immigrant in federal custody who wanted an abortion.

While Kavanaugh was meeting with senators, environmental groups slammed his record on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which handles many regulatory cases. "And I think it's going to be a attractive thing to watch over the next month".

"We're leaving no stone unturned and are searching for all publicly available information that can properly highlight the dangers of giving Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court", Harrell Kirstein, the group's communications director, said in a statement.

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But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with. Kavanaugh once served as a Supreme Court clerk under Kennedy.

Since President Donald Trump took office, net neutrality - the principle that internet service providers should treat all content equally and keep it accessible to all - has been under constant attack. "That's nearly impossible", said Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 after President Barack Obama announced her nomination. He's also sided with abortion opponents.

But: Donnelly has also demonstrated a willingness to vote against Trump on big votes, like the tax bill. A widely used ideological spectrum analysis by political scientists Lee Epstein, Andrew D Martin, and Kevin Quinn places Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts on the conservative side of the spectrum (from more conservative to less), and Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Breyer on the liberal side (more to less).

Another judge on the panel went further than Kavanaugh, though, in another dissenting opinion.

Murkowski supports abortion rights, and it was a key reason she voted against Trump's Obamacare repeal last summer. "Any senator who believes Supreme Court justices should protect the rights of all Americans should reject this". Pro-choice activists have warned that Kavanaugh's senate confirmation could mean the end of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court ruling that upheld women's right to access abortions.

At the moment, Jones is undecided, saying he'll wait to conduct an "independent review" of Kavanaugh's record. That's something that Paul, who has a strong libertarian streak, has been vocal about opposing.

Arch enemy Trump is going to beat him with Judge Kavanaugh. If he gets a "no" vote from all Democrats, he loses seats.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination listed himself as the treasurer of the "Keg City Club - 100 Kegs or Bust" in his high school yearbook.

"I look forward to standing with my colleagues and all Americans in what will be the most important fight of our lifetimes".

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