Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

With Kavanaugh hearing, some Democrats see opportunity to bolster 2020 campaigns

With Kavanaugh hearing, some Democrats see opportunity to bolster 2020 campaigns

"We have one justice and dozens of judges appointed due to their proven hostility to civil rights".

Despite the cohesiveness among most Senate Democrats on the anti-Kavanaugh messaging, it's not yet clear how three moderate members of the caucus - Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., all of whom voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch and are in the midst of tough re-election fights this year, will vote.

Trump's opposition fears Kavanaugh's nomination is self-serving because he is unlikely to favor criminal prosecution against Trump for alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

That history, and his later work for President George W. Bush, drew intense scrutiny from Democrats when Kavanaugh was first nominated as an appellate court judge. Some of the undecided Democrats already supported Justice Neil Gorsuch in his confirmation process previous year, making it potentially easier for them to vote for Kavanaugh. The vetting process, he said, is "going to be thorough and going to be done right".

Kavanaugh, 53, has been a judge on U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, D.C. since 2006.

There's a record number of women raising their hands for public office in recent months, putting a focus on female empowerment in an era of #MeToo.

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Sen. Bob Casey is the rare Democrat who opposes some abortion rights and who describes himself as "pro-life", but he opposed Trump's nomination for a reason unrelated to abortion and before he knew it was Kavanaugh.

"Justice Kavanaugh is prepared to carry forth Trump's agenda", she added, and "gut the Affordable Care Act", referring to Obama's healthcare law, widely known as Obamacare. Plus, Kavanaugh has a conservative record on abortion, but he has also testified to the Senate in the past that he would respect Roe. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges.

The conservative action group Judicial Crisis Network immediately launched a website called ConfirmKavanaugh.com featuring an advertisement for the nominee who "applies the Constitution just as it was written". He supported releasing the girl to a sponsor, where she could obtain an abortion if she chose to do so and leave the government out of it.

The Republicans in the Senate want desperately for Kavanaugh to be confirmed before the midterm elections in November-where it is possible that the balance of power in Congress will be altered -and so the pressure will be on to move as quickly as possible.

Their party leader, Sen.

Democrats are likely to confront Kavanaugh with those words when he sits for his confirmation hearing.

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The group went on to explain why it sees Kavanaugh as "especially dangerous" in a series of tweets.

In 2016, Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to hold a hearing for then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, for almost a year, saying that Obama's successor make the choice.

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

This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump.

These comments should ring alarm bells given that the president is now under legal investigation, while his executive orders are being challenged in court. Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself. "He thinks the president should be above the law because his job is hard".

Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton. "And if we do go forward, then every Republican, every Democrat should join together with insisting that Kavanaugh recuse himself from any matter regarding this President that should come before the Supreme Court". John McCain alluded to Harris' line of questioning when he announced his opposition to Haspel's nomination, saying, "Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".

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