Sen. Doug Jones vows 'independent review' of Trump's Supreme Court nominee

FILE Amy Coney Barrett               screen grab via C-SPAN

FILE Amy Coney Barrett screen grab via C-SPAN

In the law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that Congress could consider a law exempting the president while in office from criminal prosecution because it is "inevitably politicized by both their supporters and critics". They believe Kavanaugh is not sufficiently conservative and disagree with portions of opinions he has written relating to abortion and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Kavanaugh, a conservative appeals court judge, did not respond to questions. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy". Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has promised the vote will happen by the fall, before midterm elections.

Additionally, Democrats are likely to appeal to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's interest in history and transparency in their effort to get Kavanaugh's full paper trail.

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman endorsed former classmate Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, in a letter to Senate leaders.

Casey says the list of judges Trump has used to find a Supreme Court nominee is the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". The Judicial Crisis Network said Monday night it is launching "Confirm Kavanaugh" - a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital platforms in Alabama as well as Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. When "Notorious RBG" said that at her 1993 confirmation hearing, Democrats cheered.

"Brett Kavanaugh is a unsafe ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court", the civil rights organization said.

Kavanaugh made a reference to his experience with the Starr Report, which said that president Bill Clinton lied under oath in Clinton vs. Jones regarding his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, obstructed justice, and refused to testify.

"We have every confidence that, as members of the Senate come to know and appreciate Judge Brett Kavanaugh. that we'll see him confirmed".

Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, so they can approve Trump's nominee without any Democratic support as long as they don't lose more than one vote.

"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.

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While the White House was successful for the most part in keeping President Donald Trump's SCOTUS pick under wraps for the past two weeks, Trump was essentially decided on his nominee after Justice Anthony Kennedy told him he would retire in a meeting, Politico reported.

"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an very bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.

The majority of Democrats, senators and otherwise, condemned the nominee.

Kavanaugh, 53, is well respected by the Republican establishment, although some on the right have said he is not conservative enough.

Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes. When the announcement is made, the campaign will kick off.

The campaign will include a biographical ad about the nominee.

In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing.

Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon as he concluded a weekend in New Jersey spent deliberating his decision at his private golf club.

Despite this, Judge Kavanaugh appears to take a restrictive view of the federal government's regulatory authority, arguing in a dissent this year that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional, and opposing the FCC's net neutrality rule aimed at ensuring a free and open internet.

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