Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 10, 2018,
Jul 10, 2018, 22:57
That matters now - especially to Democrats mulling whether to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination to the highest court in the nation - because Trump is facing a special counsel probe into Russian election interference in 2016 and whether anyone in Trump campaign took part.
Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words. He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service".
While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. "Kavanaugh helped kill President Obama's most destructive new environmental rules". He was a primary author of Starr's report to Congress calling for the impeachment of Clinton in the wake of the sex scandal involving White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
"Rehnquist's dissenting opinion [in Roe...] stated that under the Court's precedents, any such unenumerated right had to be rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people", Kavanaugh summarized. After that he became a staff secretary for Bush, often traveling with the president.
There is not much political upside to Kavanaugh's nomination, but there is enormous political downside if the Senate does not confirm him.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer vowed an all-out battle against Kavanaugh, but senators in his party can not block Kavanaugh's confirmation if no Republicans break ranks.
"I applaud President Trump for his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Ivey said in a statement. "That's good advice for a juror and for a son", Kavanaugh said after his nomination was announced by Trump. He described his mom as a "trailblazer", who started as an elementary school teacher before attending law school, becoming a prosecutor and eventually a judge. His father went to law school at night, he added.
"I am sure Senator Donnelly will eventually say that he will vote for him because it is an election year", he said.
Consider Kavanaugh's performative dissent in a court order upholding a lower-court ruling that cleared the way for a detained undocumented teen to end her pregnancy.
"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said at the White House.
Now Mr Kavanaugh will face a tense confirmation hearing in the US Senate whereby he needs 51 votes to fill retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat. Two other Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, support abortion rights and maintaining health insurance access for sick Americans - issues likely to be heard by the supreme court.
Kavanaugh said the "radical" majority had essentially created a "constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in USA government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand". During that time, he developed broad views on executive power.
Trump is moving the Supreme Court further to the right. "This is partially due to the cases it has been asked to decide, such as the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, and it is partially due to the divided nature of American politics".