Trump's Supreme Court Pick Woos Senators Amid Partisan Storm

Clay Curtis
July 11, 2018

Senators who could cast the deciding votes on the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave little indication of where their heads were on the matter on Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump announced his nomination. A year ago that seat was filled by Neil Gorsuch.

Leo said Trump made the Supreme Court's future the "defining issue" of his presidential campaign, and said that the liberal left is incorrect to say Constitutionalists have lost the culture war. The ad will be dispersed on national television and across a number of large digital platforms.

Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin.

Then-District of Columbia Circut Court of Appeals nominee Brett Kavanaugh attends a news conference with Senate GOP leadership in the Capitol May 22, 2006 in Washington, DC. "I look forward to meeting Judge Kavanaugh and hope for a fair confirmation process", Roberts said.

The White House reassigned key communications staff last week to focus exclusively on the looming Supreme Court fight.

The director did not mention how Mr. Kavanaugh's 12 years on the USA appeals court failed to draw the attention of doomsday activists until now. The longtime Kentucky lawmaker reportedly preferred Kethledge and Hardiman over Kavanaugh, believing the former two would be easier to pass through an already tight count in the Senate, according to The Times on Saturday. The full Senate must approve Kavanaugh's nomination before he can replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement at the end of June. "I was a little bit comforted knowing I was not overreacting in my deep malaise", said Stacy Hawkins, a professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge. While certainly conservative, Judge Kavanaugh is well within the mainstream of American legal thought and theory.

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At least one other Democrat, Sen.

Despite this, Judge Kavanaugh appears to take a restrictive view of the federal government's regulatory authority, arguing in a dissent this year that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional, and opposing the FCC's net neutrality rule aimed at ensuring a free and open internet.

Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Kennedy had voted to preserve the core principles of the high court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.

"Bob Casey was for Judge Hardiman before he was against him, showing yet again that Casey will oppose anything President Trump does, even if it means contradicting himself", Barletta said in a statement. As CNN previously reported, McConnell has consulted with Trump and his team daily on strategy and Senate math for the possible picks. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Kavanaugh's paper trail is one reason that McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, advised President Donald Trump to consider other nominees who could be confirmed more quickly, ensuring the final votes occur ahead of the November midterm elections, when control of Congress will be at stake.

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