Democrats vow to fight against President Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

  • Democrats vow to fight against President Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

Democrats vow to fight against President Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

A confirmation would solidify the Supreme Court's conservative majority and continue President Trump's push to shift the federal bench to the right.

"We unite in our common belief that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh is a good man, a brilliant jurist, and is eminently qualified to serve as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court". Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.

Trump announced his choice with a prime-time address from the White House East Room.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has not specifically said if he would support overruling the decision, according to CNN.

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues.

Brett worked for George W. Bush in 2001. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, moderate Republicans both - were coy when asked on Tuesday for their thoughts on Kavanaugh.

Also, they might win the House of Representatives this November.

Kavanaugh already has checked virtually every box in the conservative legal establishment at only 53 years old. But the president in recent days seemed to narrow his shortlist for the court down to two other appellate judges, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman.

Kavanaugh, a conservative appeals court judge, did not respond to questions. One of the main reasons each would have for supporting Kavanaugh is to head off a reelection bid in which they might face a right-bent anti-abortion primary opponent and then a viable Democrat.

While Kavanaugh was summarizing Rehnquist's thinking and not explicitly adopting it as his own (nor did he say whether he interprets stare decisis to mean Roe should survive regardless of that critique), his summary of Roe as "freewheeling judicial creation of unenumerated rights" may be the clearest indicator yet that he thinks the case was wrongly decided.

Justin Walker, a law professor at Louisville University and a former clerk for both Kavanaugh and Kennedy, wrote that the dissent was ultimately more an argument against the mandate than in favor. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.

The leading Republican to replace Sen. Is it any wonder that President Trump chose Kavanaugh from the list of 25?

Sen. Angus King (I): "It's troubling that the president's search for a potential Supreme Court justice seemed to start and end with a list of names supplied by an outside group".

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring from the Senate in January 2013.

Republicans are eager to have a new justice in place when the Supreme Court begins its new term in October.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said. Relative to the present, public opinion of the Supreme Court ran high in Gallup surveys.

"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.

But one of their prime targets, Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are also seen as possible votes for the nominee.

"Like Neil Gorsuch before him, Kavanaugh is an ideologically driven pick designed to create an activist Supreme Court that will undermine rights and protections for women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and all vulnerable people".

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

But Democrats say nothing short of Roe v. Wade is on the line and have cast Kavanaugh as a far-right judge who threatens women's reproductive rights.

Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes.

By keeping Scalia's seat open, McConnell gave Trump a head start in putting his own stamp on the high court, and the president acknowledged as much when Gorsuch was sworn in previous year. And if Collins said "No thanks", then Democrats would have at least demonstrated to their pro-choice supporters that they are willing to sacrifice their partisan interests to principle in so important a matter.

That decision was appealed to the Supreme Court, which reversed the ruling in 2014.

As a result, Trump found more than twice as many judicial vacancies waiting for him when he entered the White House as Obama did.