The court's oldest remaining justices, two liberals and a conservative who are 85, 79 and 70, haven't suggested they're going anywhere and appear in fine health.
They believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to make the president testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation. They are struggles for power.
Kavanaugh's record on the subject of net neutrality is alarming as well; he thinks it's "unlawful" to protect the rights of users to access information freely on the internet.
Progressives are told they should get over the shameful treatment of Garland.
"We've got a few Democrats on Justice Gorsuch and we're hopeful that we'll have a few of them on this nomination as well", McConnell said during his weekly press availability. King cites Kavanaugh's ambiguity on Roe v Wade, the Affordable Care Act's required coverage of pre-existing conditions and his comments about Presidential immunity as points of concern. Kavanaugh's defenders will pretend that his ideology is not a legitimate matter for senatorial examination.
And in case you're wondering, no, he doesn't support the constitutional mandate for separating church and state. As Ashley Parker and Robert Costa reported in The Post, "Former clerks fended off criticism that his record on abortion was squishy and that his rulings were too deferential to government agencies". Democratic senators such as Elizabeth Warren joined Monday evening's protests. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska made clear that while they're both in the earliest of stages of reviewing Kavanaugh's record, they both find him to be "qualified" for the position.
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Speaking at the White House, Judge Kavanaugh spoke about his Catholic faith.
Kavanaugh also would be the sixth Roman Catholic among the current bench, and the second, along with Gorsuch, to graduate from the same elite boys' Catholic high school in suburban Maryland. "No president", he said, "has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds, to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination".
Kavanaugh's most recent financial disclosure forms reveal reportable assets between $15,000 and $65,000, which would put him at the bottom of the financial ranking of justices, most of whom list well over $1 million in assets.
Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton. "Even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation - including preparing for questioning by criminal investigators - are time-consuming and distracting". Shah said Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him, and he's no longer in charge of purchasing the tickets.
The system assigns a score to Supreme Court justices based on their voting patterns; for federal appeals court judges, like Kavanaugh, scores are based on the ideologies of the presidents and senators who nominated them. Sure, depending how the confirmation process develops, it's possible the nomination could affect a handful of races, but the most likely scenario will not change the overall trajectory of the November elections.
Which underscores the importance of this: Republicans argue that Kavanaugh's time as White House staff secretary has little to nothing to do with his judicial philosophy or perspective.
Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support.
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