New Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Has Ties To Big Florida Moments

Pablo Tucker
July 12, 2018

As he arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday, he huddled with McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen.

Sometimes, Kyl has stayed in the background, as he did in Sen.

The two groups are also planning a bus tour in mid-September to support Kavanaugh in all of the states, with the exception of Montana.

"Tomorrow I begin meeting with members of the Senate", he said, "If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case".

Grassley said a speedy confirmation wasn't necessarily the goal.

"Having bungled it once, I don't think doing it again just to show that they started it is really befitting great institutions and people who we elect to govern", Liepold said. Pence told reporters that Kavanaugh was a "good man". John McCain, R-Ariz., at home getting treatment for brain cancer.

Democrats are increasingly critical of Kavanaugh - in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the campaign's collusion with Russian Federation - for once penning an article saying presidents shouldn't face investigations and lawsuits, calling them "time-consuming and distracting", the Dallas Morning News reported.

Democrats, including Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, are anxious Kavanaugh could try to weaken the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights should he be confirmed to the bench.

A "thorough" review of Kavanaugh's paper trail is exactly what anxious Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, about Kavanaugh, given the appeals court judge has decades of political and legal opinions in which senators on the fence could probably find something not to like.

But when the Supreme Court had the shot to decide the issue in 2015, it declined.

By fall, the nomination may turn on a handful of senators who will be under enormous pressure ahead of the midterm elections.

That hasn't stopped Trump and others from predicting more openings.

Primus said it's unlikely the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage would be overturned, but speculated that Roe v. Wade is "somewhere between in danger and definitely gone". "I've never seen a president act as though the Supreme Court has to be a wing of the White House instead of an independent branch of government", Leahy said in an interview Tuesday. But she added that other issues also would come into play for her, including "judicial temperament" and "judicial philosophy".

There are five Democrat senators who are up for re-election in November. Four states - North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Louisiana - would automatically ban abortions.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to the Women's March statement as proof that he was correct when he said Sunday that Trump "could nominate George Washington and the left would go insane". And Justice Kennedy basically said, no, Roe v. Wade makes abortion legal, and you can't do all these conditions, as Pennsylvania had done, that makes it impossible for access.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of USA society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions.

Democrats on Wednesday were reorienting their uphill push to block U.S. Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, moving healthcare to the center of their strategy and putting less emphasis on abortion rights.

She did not explicitly say whether she would support Trump's pick.

Barring any unexpected discoveries, do you expect Kavanaugh's nomination to be successful?

Starr placed Kavanaugh in charge of investigating the suicide of former Clinton aide Vincent Foster, and some accounts say Kavanaugh pushed Starr to take a hard line in questioning Clinton about the Monica Lewinsky affair, according to the Washington Post. I think the answer to that is: "We're not certain".

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