Judge Brett Kavanaugh: In His Own Words

Judge Brett Kavanaugh: In His Own Words

Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Sen.

"He has written nearly entirely in favor of big businesses, employers in employment disputes, and against defendants in criminal cases", according to Adam Feldman of the Empirical SCOTUS blog.

"Again, based on what I'm hearing about Judge Kavanaugh, I encourage my Congressional colleagues in the Senate to quickly confirm him".

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions. The justices who remain on the court include three who have backed broad abortion restrictions and a fourth, Gorsuch, who in all likelihood would.

Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Justin Walker, a law professor at the University of Louisville who clerked for both Kavanaugh and Kennedy, said Kavanaugh will "never, ever go wobbly" and deviate from conservative principles.

Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment. Before he was nominated to the D.C. circuit by George W. Bush, he was the former president's staff secretary and worked for Bush during the 2000 Florida vote recount. "This nominee has stood more, both certainly before he became a judge, for presidential overreach".

The senator had stumped publicly for her and called her an outstanding judge.

In a decision that rocked a scandal-weary nation, the Supreme Court rejected Nixon's claim of executive privilege and ruled that he had to turn over the White House tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor. Schumer asked what he personally thought about the ruling, but Kavanaugh said it wasn't "appropriate" to reveal his own opinion. Since the mandate did not kick in until 2014, he wrote, the court could not render an opinion. "We need to get back to what the framers thought".

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones posted on Twitter Monday night.

Mike Sacks, a reporter for the Fox television affiliate in NY and a self-described lapsed lawyer, was among the first to make the connection on Twitter.

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Among their targets are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as Doug Jones of Alabama, who is not up for re-election but represents a conservative state in the Deep South.

And Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to oppose President Donald Trump's nominee with 'everything I've got'. They say the person would likely take strongly conservative views on issues like abortion and health care. I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court justices whom I have considered.

"We'll do well to remember that we are evaluating a judge, not debating a candidate for political office", McConnell said, noting that several Democrats had signaled their opposition to Trump's pick before the nomination was made public.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support", Trump said. Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement.

Republicans changed the Senate's rules previous year to allow them to confirm a Supreme Court justice with a simple majority vote.

"I don't think he would have been put on [Trump's] list had he not been one of these hard-right judges". There is a small contingent of Democrats from states that Trump won in 2016 who face narrow paths to reelection this fall. The race is not expected to be competitive.

The anxiety over defections speaks to the narrowness of the Republican's majority in the Senate. Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.

"The fact that they have chosen somebody who has a big paper trail is not our problem", said Sen.

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

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

In essence, Kavanaugh argued that he could not rule on the case because the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867 did not allow judges to rule on the legality of a tax before it was imposed.

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