Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Supreme Court nominee would shield Trump from Russian Federation probe: Democrats

Supreme Court nominee would shield Trump from Russian Federation probe: Democrats

Minutes after President Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Alabama's Democratic senator took a wait-and-see approach. Kavanaugh has written about a need to free the executive branch from intrusive criminal investigations.

"If the President does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available", Kavanaugh wrote.

As I observed earlier today, the sad reality of the soon-to-be-intense fight over confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court is that if Senate Republicans stick together, he'll be confirmed, period.

Kavanaugh already has checked virtually every box in the conservative legal establishment at only 53 years old. Trump's first Supreme Court nomination, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate in April 2017. He was appointed to that post by President George W. Bush, after serving as Bush's White House staff secretary. "The country wants the President to be "one of us" who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share".

Trump nominated Kavanaugh after interviewing several candidates and eventually focusing his consideration on four: Kavanaugh, Michigan federal judge Raymond Kethledge, and federal judges Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

Kavanaugh still lives in the D.C. area, raising his kids in the Maryland suburbs just miles from the White House.

In a wide-ranging interview with Bret Baier, Vice President Pence says the White House is encouraged by the early response to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, that Trump believes in engagement with Russian Federation, and that the president was right to dismiss General Flynn. Kavanaugh nearly certainly has the votes to be confirmed, but that's not stopping Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., from declaring all-out war against President Trump's nominee.

Kennedy had voted to preserve the core principles of the high court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. "That would be binding precedent of the court".

Ahead of an evening strategy meeting in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told CNN that no decisions have been made about which records to request from the White House, saying he needs to get a better "feel" for all the documents that are out there beyond the 300 opinions Kavanaugh authored as a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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While experts are dubious the new challenges have standing, in no small part because Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal members of the court in 2012 to uphold the law, Democratic senators have hinted healthcare will be a core piece of their opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh's judicial record on abortion is thin, although last year he was on a panel of judges that issued an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detained in Texas by USA authorities from immediately obtaining an abortion. With this nomination, the balance of power on the Supreme Court could shift dramatically in our favor. Bidwill and Kavanaugh both graduated in 1983.

Walker said Kennedy's replacement will be much more conservative, foreshadowing big changes in issues including affirmative action, school prayer and guns.

"I'm not making any rash decisions on this", Manchin said.

One measure of a judge's influence is how many of his clerks wind up working in the Supreme Court.

A distinguished law professor whose younger brother Vikram is also a legal scholar (Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law), Amar disclosed that Kavanaugh was his student at Yale and maintained he "commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers and jurists".

He has likened himself to the official behind home plate calling balls and strikes.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.

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