Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court - 7/9/2018 8:09:17 PM

10 July, 2018, 08:42 | Author: Jason Torres
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Democrats plan a confrontation centered on abortion and healthcare, hoping to either scuttle the nomination process completely or delay it until after November in the hope of winning extra seats in the Senate to force Trump to compromise. "Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee".

JCN's ad buy is a piece of a broader, well-organized effort by right-wing groups intent on putting conservative judges on federal courts while Trump is in office.

But while most Democrats have announced their opposition to Trump's nominee, there are a handful of moderate Democrats who could buck their party and deliver another win for Trump.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues. He also thanked his parents, present in the audience.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", he said. "Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially. A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written". "The members of that community disagree about many things but we are united by a commitment to serve".

His wife and two daughters, Margaret and Liza, were present.

"I was lucky. My mum was a teacher in the 1960s and 1970s, she taught history at two largely African American public high schools in Washington DC, McKinlay Tech and HD Woodson", Judge Kavanaugh said.

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The nominee has amassed a solidly conservative judicial record since 2006 on the influential US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the same court where three current justices including Chief Justice John Roberts previously served.

Before a full vote on the chamber floor, the prospective justice will be grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee in hearings that can go on for days.

Mr. Walker also said the judge is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, dissenting in a case where he argued that originalism and the Supreme Court's precedent suggest Americans have the right to own a semi-automatic rifle.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Kavanaugh was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2003 by George W. Bush, but Senate Democrats delayed his confirmation for almost three years. On the bright side, Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr during his probe of President Bill Clinton, and is credited by pundits with some of the most salacious questions to that POTUS. Afterward, from 1993-94 he clerked for Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., says she does not have a litmus test for who she wants to serve on the Supreme Court, but someone similar to Justice Neil Gorsuch would be a great selection.

Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", saying he is "considered a judge's judge and a true thought leader among his peers". "This is an opportunity for Senators to put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command", McConnell said in a statement Monday. He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published past year called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude".

Barrett, confirmed to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31, has faced opposition by abortion rights groups because she has called Roe v. Wade an erroneous decision.

Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon before returning to Washington from a weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey, where he deliberated his decision amid furious lobbying and frenzied speculation.

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