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Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick

11 July 2018

Charles Schumer, who called him the "right-wing" force behind President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. If confirmed, Trump's choice would solidify the high court's conservative majority and continue the president's push to shift the federal bench to the right.

"I will go through the same process [as previous nominees]". "What matters is not a judge's political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require".

Both sides will be poring over Kavanaugh's some 300 legal opinions in his 12 years as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, not to mention his legal articles and speaking engagements. Before he was nominated to the D.C. circuit by George W. Bush, he was the former president's staff secretary and worked for Bush during the 2000 Florida vote recount.

Kavanaugh made a reference to his experience with the Starr Report, which said that president Bill Clinton lied under oath in Clinton vs. Jones regarding his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, obstructed justice, and refused to testify. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990.

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On the appeals court, he's voted to strike down environmental regulations and said he would have overturned internet regulations issued while Barack Obama was president. But in a 2017 case involving a teen in immigration custody who was seeking an abortion, he wrote the dissenting opinion that would have given the government more say. "But given that there is no law in place protecting (the president) and that Ken Starr issued subpoenas while Kavanaugh was working for him, my money would be on requiring Trump to comply".

"The Republicans have enough senators for a confirmation, and the Republican senators have not signaled any real appetite to say no", he said, adding that even if Kavanaugh were blocked, it's unlikely Trump's next pick would be any more palatable to Democrats.

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman endorsed former classmate Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, in a letter to Senate leaders.

In the dissent, Kavanaugh said the mandate was "a law that is unprecedented on the federal level in American history" and called the penalty for people not buying insurance "jarring".

Maryland's junior senator, Chris Van Hollen, says Democrats need to persuade a few Republican senators that a conservative majority, with no moderating swing vote, would be bad for the country for a generation or more. When "Notorious RBG" said that at her 1993 confirmation hearing, Democrats cheered.

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Kennedy's position in the court's center guarantees a fierce confirmation fight.

Democrats remained firmly committed to blocking Kavanaugh's nomination while Republicans touted his qualifications.

The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation.

If Republicans lose the Senate, they would still have control of the chamber until January. But Amar made an impassioned please to other Democrats, suggesting that their reading of Kavanaugh may be overwrought. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.

"I will oppose this nominee with everything that I've got", Schumer told MSNBC, warning that a more conservative court including Kavanaugh could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion and end protections under the Affordable Care Act healthcare law known as Obamacare.

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Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick