Brett Kavanaugh: 5 Things On Trump’s Supreme Court Justice Nominee

Trump picks Kavanaugh for court setting up fight with Dems

Indeed, Vox points out, CNN's Jim Acosta reported that the Trump team reviewed these comments by Kavanaugh before choosing him.

Their votes are largely irrelevant, since the Republican Party has a slim majority in the Senate and can confirm Supreme Court justices on a simple majority vote - thanks in part to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who broke with tradition and ended the filibuster rule for most judicial nominees in 2013. In the piece, Kavanaugh suggested that Congress might pass a law "exempting a President-while in office-from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel".

"Trump has said that overturning Roe v. Wade is a litmus test for anybody on his shortlist for the Supreme Court, and he has made anti-abortion [views] a litmus test for folks he's nominated to lower courts", she said. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Dianne Feinstein of California. In that 2017 case, the government had mandated that the teen could leave her detention center to have an abortion.

Amar's endorsement is remarkable because by his own admission, he strongly supported Hillary Clinton for president as well as President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, whose confirmation was stalled by Republicans.

The 53-year-old has served as a Court of Appeals judge since 2006.

"Now, the Senate has a responsibility to fulfill its constitutional duty, serve as a check on this reckless president and reject Brett Kavanaugh's nomination".

"I'm saying Justice Kennedy can speak for himself".

This is Mr Trump's second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the USA for a generation after he leaves office.

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Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987. "Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant legal mind, and is well suited to follow in the footsteps of Justice Kennedy, for whom he previously clerked".

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he has spoken with President Donald Trump about his nominee to the Supreme Court and doesn't believe he's going to pick Amy Coney Barrett. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation.

Elected officials in NY, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen.

Bob Salera, a campaign spokesman for Senate Republicans, said Casey has "given up any pretense of being a moderate voice" by opposing Trump's nominee sight unseen.

"But today, with the exception of the current justices and Judge Garland, it is hard to name anyone with judicial credentials as strong as those of Judge Kavanaugh, " Amar wrote in a controversial NYT OpEd, maintaining that Trump had lived up to his promise to pick "someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment, and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States".

The Reform movement and the Orthodox Union both told JTA that they were studying Kavanaugh's record before deciding whether to take a position on his nomination. He nominated Neil Gorsuch past year, who was confirmed.

But any Republican defections could be offset by centrist Democrats campaigning for re-election in conservative-leaning states Trump won handily in 2016. The Supreme Court later declined to hear an appeal, effectively maintaining the status quo for how the FDA should provide access to experimental drugs.

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