Starr reacts to Kavanaugh nomination

Thursday, 12 Jul, 2018

After much hemming and hawing, the two Republican senators most apt to withhold their support, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, will ultimately back the nominee, saying they are comfortable with his record and temperament.

Pence sat down with CNN's Dana Bash to discuss President Donald Trump's recent Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and the fate of Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 ruling that legalized abortion throughout the country. "When Congress decides that winning is more important than governing, this is the situation you find yourself in".

But according to PRRI's American Values Atlas, in 2014, ME had the 3rd highest support for legal abortion in the USA - with 67% who said it should be legal in most or all cases, following New Hampshire (73%) and Vermont (69%). Is it any wonder that President Trump chose Kavanaugh from the list of 25? He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service". And, he has been part of some highly disputed legal cases. Bill Clinton, for example, "could have focused on Osama bin Laden without being distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and its criminal investigation offshoots", Kavanaugh wrote. It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this. He later joined the administration of President George W. Bush. McConnell was wary of Democratic attempts to use that as a tactic to string out or delay the confirmation process - one Republicans want completed in September, aides say.

Fitzpatrick believes gay marriage will also be upheld if Kavanaugh is confirmed to the high court.

But Senate Democrats have indicated they may ask for the full array of Kavanaugh-related documents in the Bush Library. It's worth remembering that the prospective justice will take more questions in the coming weeks about his position on abortion and Roe vs. Wade.

"He has to answer questions", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters.

"A judge must interpret the law and not make the law", Kavanaugh said in remarks from the East Room of the White House on Monday night.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with opposition Democrats, said Kavanaugh would serve as a "rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires".

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. Do they think if they blocked Kavanaugh, Trump would name a moderate? And like Harris, he is playing up the stakes of the Supreme Court battle.

Last year, the Senate confirmed Katsas, a prominent conservative attorney, to replace Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who retired without seeking senior status. Ann Carlson, the co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA's law school, thinks that's unlikely. Still, Leahy doesn't talk as though Senate confirmation is a done deal. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority.

Great America groups spent about $3 million on ads and direct mail during the Gorsuch fight, said Eric Beach, who runs the groups with Rollins.

Working from the inside at the Supreme Court, Fitzpatrick said justices are reluctant to overturn past decisions. In theory, the can vote either way on any issue, but a Kavanaugh confirmation would swing it sharply to the right.

Alan Schroeder, journalism professor at Northeastern University in Boston, said that "one of the peculiarities of the Trump presidency is that everything this White House touches gets turned into a spectacle, intentionally or not. This is an opportunity for Senators to put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command", McConnell said in a statement.

Many D.C. Circuit nominees historically "have worked in the Justice Department or the executive branch or somewhere in D.C. government circles", he said at the time.

Here's what we know so far about his record on abortion cases, and why experts say Democrats are sounding the alarm too early.

So Trump's pick could affect the court's decisions for many years into the future. Mario Ritter was the editor.