Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Here's What's Next In Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Confirmation Process

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Shutterstock
Kenny Thornton | 10 July, 2018, 21:13

Kavanaugh worked in the Bush White House as an associate counsel, Staff Secretary and Assistant to the President. Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale.

'Brett Kavanaugh spent 5 years in the Bush White House.

Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.

On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service.

" Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a Tweet: "We must have a Justice who will apply the law fairly even for the most vulnerable among us, and not interpret it to protect the privileges of the most powerful".

McConnell reportedly anxious that Kavanaugh's paperwork trail could make him harder to confirm.

"Kavanaugh has proven to be a staunch conservative who has relied on originalism and textualism while serving on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit". Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence. During his tenure, he has clearly established a judicial philosophy that the personal beliefs of individuals should dictate the lives of others. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written". According to the New York Times, Trump "found him likable but comparatively tiresome".

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace a frequent swing vote on the bench, retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often sided with his liberal colleagues on issues such as abortion, affirmative action and LGBT rights. The pick came less than two weeks after Kennedy announced he would retire.

The Utah Republican said Monday of Barrett: "I don't think she's going to be the one who's chosen this time".

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen.

Prince William and Duchess Kate christen third child Prince Louis
James's Palace in London , Prince George was dressed up in the newly made replica of the classic Victorian christening gown. He was baptized at the Chapel Royal on the grounds of St James's Palace in London , just like his older brother George .

Pro-choice protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday. "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.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time", he told an audience in Fargo, N.D., last month.

"We shouldn't lose sight of what a remarkable thing this is that has just happened tonight", she said.

The president has also been wooing red-state Democrats as a kind of insurance policy.

Trump is scheduled to announce his decision at 9 p.m. Monday, and it is unclear how much of the last-minute maneuvering is geared to keeping the president's choice a secret. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota. He noted that he understood the gravity of this matter and believed Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" like Neil Gorsuch, last year's replacement for "the late great Justice Antonin Scalia". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Kennedy had voted to preserve the core principles of the high court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49. "I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court".

The reference was to a list of potential Supreme Court nominees that Trump revealed before the presidential election, which included both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court.

With President Trump about to make his Supreme Court nomination, one top Democrat is so anxious he's urging his colleagues to put the country before their own careers.

Kennedy's departure "leaves the court in a calcified state of a hardened left and right with nobody in that middle position", says Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University constitutional law professor.

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