Trump's Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh woos Senate

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

One day after U.S. President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, federal judge Brett Kavanaugh arrived at the Senate to meet with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's views on hot-button issues like abortion are under a microscope after he was nominated by President Trump to serve on the Supreme Court.

A Boston Globe analysis of over 500 roll-call votes made by Collins shows she has favored those candidates for judicial positions - including district court, circuit court of appeals, and the Supreme Court, among other appointments - nearly 99 percent of the time.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade, because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", she said. This is one of the most consequential decisions any senator will make, and in evaluating Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, I will thoroughly and thoughtfully research his positions, record, and judicial temperament - but I will do so with some skepticism, because the president has made clear, both on the campaign trail and after being sworn in, the type of Supreme Court Justice he would seek to nominate with regard to important issues like a woman's right to choose, the Affordable Care Act and the limits of executive power.

Kavanaugh said the "radical" majority had essentially created a "constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in USA government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand". Bidwill and Kavanaugh both graduated in 1983.

The nominee's fate may rest with two Republican senators who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

In an interview on Monday, Kavanaugh told CBS News that his mother, who was a state prosecutor in Maryland, had a trademark line: "Use your common sense, what rings true, what rings false".

LLC v. EPA. The Supreme Court cited Kavanaugh's dissent in MI v. EPA, when it reversed the D.C. Circuit's decision upholding the standards.

One case likely to draw attention is Kavanaugh's 2015 dissenting opinion on the health care law's contraceptives mandate. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.

Kavanaugh wrote that civil suits and criminal investigations take away from a president's focus on his or her work responsibilities. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.

Cox pointed to the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, in which justices unanimously ruled that the "separate but equal" standards of racial segregation were unconstitutional.

"The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their health care", he said on Twitter.

But any Republican defections could be offset by centrist Democrats campaigning for re-election in conservative-leaning states Trump won handily in 2016.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, whose panel will hold Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and eventually vote on whether his nominee should be referred to the full Senate, said he expects the consideration process to be "thorough". He worked on W.'s legal team during the hanging chads fiasco; he also represented former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush in a 2000 lawsuit over school vouchers in the Sunshine State.

As a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to set valuable precedents for lower court judges all over the country to follow.

Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five. His confirmation now rests in the hands of a narrowly split Senate, where defections from Trump's own party could sink his chances. McConnell, who called Kavanaugh a "superb choice", hasn't explicitly said whether his goal is to complete a confirmation before the November midterm elections.