Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court?

  • Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court?

While hearings have yet to be set to review the appeals court judge's long legal record, Republican Senate leaders are hoping to hold them in August or September and then have a confirmation vote for the conservative jurist before the high court reconvenes on October 1.

Democrats take particular issue with a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article in which Kavanaugh argues the president should be "excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship", noting his views evolved from the late 1990s when he was a lead lawyer on the Ken Starr investigation into Bill Clinton.

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"Her example taught me the importance of equality for all Americans", Kavanaugh said.

But Senate Democrats have indicated they may ask for the full array of Kavanaugh-related documents in the Bush Library. Other senators on this list declined that invite.

"The only question about Roe is whether it will be officially overruled or cut back to the point where as a practical matter for women seeking abortions, there isn't much difference", he said. And if Kavanaugh is on the court by then, it could thrust him into the middle of an issue he has been wrestling with for most of his adult life.

While Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has said he will oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation with all his strength, he faces an uphill battle in the Senate with Republicans controlling the chamber. How Kavanaugh responds could be a significant determining factor for Collins.

Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul - known for sometimes being a thorn in Republican leadership's side when he thinks the federal government is spending too much or invading personal privacy - has concerns that differ from his GOP Senate colleagues.

Amash referred to a controversial 2015 opinion penned by Kavanaugh for U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which found the NSA's metadata collection program "is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment". "Brett Kavanaugh is hands down among the finest".

On Monday night, President Donald Trump announced his nominee for the newest Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh. But that vote will likely take place before the November elections!

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh meets with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley at the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018.

"We are concerned that Judge Kavanaugh's judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nation's highest court", Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL's CEO and national director, said in a statement. "States are not allowed to go below that floor". About 10 key senators - two or three Republicans and a half dozen Democrats - are facing intense pressure over their votes.

Manchin was was also among the three Democrats to vote for Gorsuch previous year. Kavanaugh's evolved view on the subject could have implications for President Trump. That's because, he says, the Supreme Court will ultimately determine whether health insurers will be prohibited from denying insurance to hundreds of thousands of his constituents with pre-existing conditions. In a 1989 piece for the Yale Law Journal, he discussed a 1986 Supreme Court ruling in Batson v. Kentucky that outlawed using race as the sole criteria for preemptive challenges to jurors, under the Equal Protection Clause.

Since 2011, states have enacted almost 1,200 separate abortion restrictions, according to Guttmacher, making these types of laws far more common.

We're joined now by one of the Judiciary Committee members who will question the nominee at his confirmation hearing, Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would receive a raise of nearly 16% from his current, $220,600-per-year salary for his role as a circuit judge. It is in these areas where the more conservative Justice Kavanaugh would have the greatest impact.