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Santorum on Kavanaugh pick: Trump 'bowed to the elite in Washington'

10 July 2018

Trump is seeking to shift the balance of the court further to the right.

After attending both Yale University and Yale Law School, the Maryland native Kavanaugh went on to clerk for Justice Kennedy, the very man whose seat he now hopes to fill.

"Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said of Kavanaugh.

"He's a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

Kavanaugh, a former Kennedy clerk, said that he was "deeply honored" to replace the retiring justice.

Schumer has been under fire from his base who want Democrats-who infamously caved on DACA and the government shutdown fight-to stand strong against the president's nominee. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.

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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. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president. Critics believe Kavanaugh didn't push back enough in the case, Garza v. Hargan, while supporters say it illustrates his instinct towards compromise while standing firm on conservative values. "He is widely admired for his intellect, experience and exemplary judicial temperament", he said. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".

Neutrality, of course, is the trait that most unnerves President Trump. According to the New York Times, Trump "found him likable but comparatively boring".

Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority. "That President happened to be Ronald Reagan", Trump said, pausing to recognize Reagan's Attorney General, Edwin Meese, who has been an architect of a decades-long effort to seed the federal judiciary with conservative thinkers.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen. He is a senior fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review.

NBC News host Andrea Mitchell echoed Casey's remarks, saying that people from Trump's list were all the product of "outsourcing at least the initial selection process" to special interest groups.

Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five. He said that picking a new justice was the most important responsibility of his office other than matters of war. She rocketed to the top of Trump's earlier list of 25 Supreme Court candidates after her performance during her confirmation hearing last fall, when Democrats cited her deep Catholic faith as a potential problem.

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Red-state Democrats aren't just feeling heat from the right.

President Donald Trump has yet to announce his pick for Supreme Court, but Democratic Sen.

For starters, Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital, with a particular focus on four states: Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. Kennedy will retire at the end of July after serving since February 1988.

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh built a solidly conservative record during his 12 years on the appeals court in Washington that decides consequential cases on health care, the environment and other major governmental policies.

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"My introduction to the law came at our dinner table when she practiced her closing arguments", Kavanaugh said. Thomas, at 70, is the oldest of the court's remaining Republican appointees. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House.

Santorum on Kavanaugh pick: Trump 'bowed to the elite in Washington'