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US senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Frank Williams | 12 July, 2018, 17:55

It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.

Kavanaugh found himself in the middle of controversy yet again when he joined the legal team of then-President-elect George W. Bush to argue against recounting Florida ballots.

The Democrats' argument on presidential power may not sway Republican senators, but it will resonate with voters, said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster.

He also hopes Democrats will unite to "put pressure on the Republican moderates" and salvage the "future of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years".

Republicans hold a slim, one-seat Senate majority, and a party-line vote would lead to Kavanaugh's confirmation by the narrowest of margins.

Enzler said Kavanaugh was already scheduled to participate Wednesday and checked earlier in the day to see if he should still attend.

Despite the praise, it nevertheless said the Senate should "take care" in evaluating Kavanaugh.

Many of Heitkamp's colleagues-as well as her Republican opponent for Senate this November, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.,-shared their thoughts nearly immediately after the announcement. Heck, when I started working for NBC I was a public servant myself - in the Ohio Attorney General's office - and I can tell you that I went a bit beyond my means to satisfy that America's Pastime Jones.

Other Democrats are anxious about Kavanaugh's written opinion that a President should not face legal action for a crime while in office. The NRA's six million members and tens of millions of supporters who voted for President Trump have ensured that the framers' vision of constitutional freedom will have a strong voice on the court for decades to come.

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Liu Xia , 57, an artist, photographer, and poet, was never charged with a crime. She has discussed Liu Xia's case with Chinese officials.

Murkowski supports abortion rights, and it was a key reason she voted against Trump's Obamacare repeal last summer. His father went to law school at night, he added.

But Carrie Severino, chief counsel for Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group, drew a different Nixon parallel, noting that of four justices appointed by Nixon, three - Warren E. Burger, Harry A. Blackmun and Lewis F. Powell Jr. - sat on US v. Nixon, the case in which the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to comply with a subpoena - and joined the unanimous decision against the president.

If confirmed, how do you think Judge Kavanaugh's appointment will affect the ideological balance of the court?

However, his selection will start a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate.

Republicans and independents voted for Collins in her 2014 election in large majorities of 97% and 69%, respectively. "Critics on the Right have pointed out that while Kavanaugh is undoubtedly brilliant and conservative, he seems to be something of a judicial politician". White men have a bare majority on the nine-justice court. Those included a number of disputed cases, including ones supporting same-sex marriage and a woman's right to an abortion. "That would certainly be on the table", said Frances Lee, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland who studies Congress. Since this case, the Supreme Court has not taken a case related to gun control, despite having opportunities to do so. Casey stated on Monday that he wouldn't support the nominee for the Supreme Court, according to the Pennsylvania lawmaker's office.

Kavanaugh never wrote that the president is above the law.

"In doing so, Kavanaugh invoked Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes and the lessons of the court in the early 20th century: "(H) istory and precedent counsel caution before reaching out to decide hard constitutional questions too quickly, especially when the underlying issues are of lasting significance.

Based on past his past writings, Kavanaugh would also bolster the power and prerogatives of the President - an area likely to elicit particular Senate attention because of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and ties to the Trump campaign.

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