Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

"As I read the relevant Supreme Court precedents, the D.C. ban on semi-automatic rifles and the D.C. gun registration requirement are unconstitutional and may not be enforced", Judge Kavanaugh wrote. The full Senate must approve Kavanaugh's nomination before he can replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement at the end of June.

Multiple Republicans voting against confirmation would also change things, since that would give all Senate Democrats an excuse for opposing confirmation.

What is relatively new this year is the influence that the Federalist Society had (through Leonard Leo) in the construction of the list of potential nominees that the president made public during the campaign. But for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - whose primary goal is to lock in all 50 present Republicans - Collins and Murkowski certainly haven't raised any significant red flags yet. "A solid conservative who interprets the law, who won't make the law".

He adds, "With so much political intensity in the country right now, and so much discussion around this question of Trump's Supreme Court appointments, I would expect above-average interest in the Kavanaugh hearings, both from journalists and from voters".

The U.S. Senate has vetted 19 Supreme Court nominees since Sen. The Republicans pick up seats, increase their majority? "And, frankly, I think it's pathetic that one issue like that would cause an otherwise really outstanding person to have the Democrats go against them". George W. Bush selected the court's current chief justice, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito.

More news: Trump brands Germany a "captive of Russian Federation ", days before he meets Putin

Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the court's session in October.

And given that the president who named him is facing legal scrutiny, the would-be justice's sweeping views about presidential immunity are highly relevant to whether he should be put in a position to adjudicate Trump's future.

Kavanaugh grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher.

"I am pro-choice and do not feel that it is appropriate for government to legislate the choices that women make regarding their own bodies", Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said Tuesday, WPXI reports.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY has already said of Kavanaugh that he'd "oppose him with everything I've got", and signaled Wednesday that Democrats would be vetting not only Kavanaugh's record on the bench but also his work as an official in the George W. Bush White House and for the special prosecutor during Bill Clinton's presidency.

More news: Lisa Murkowski is ‘annoyed’ with prejudging of Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Later he was part of Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush's winning the presidency. Unsurprisingly, given his popularity with groups like the FRC, Kavanaugh has supported "religious liberty" in health care settings, which opens up the possibility of formalizing discrimination against people who need birth control, miscarriage care and other treatments that "conscientious objectors" say they don't want to cover, perform or assist with.

Democrats are anxious that Kavanaugh will join with the court's other four conservative members to reverse legalized abortion in the United States.

Booker is among those urging that the confirmation hearings be held until after Special Counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his investigation - something that is unlikely to happen.

"I don't think there's much that Democratic senators can do to slow down or to prevent his confirmation", said Suffolk Law professor Rene Reyes.

More news: Trump insists he has ‘very good’ relations with Merkel

Like this: