Cotton: Democrats’ Opposition to Kavanaugh a ‘Laughable Political Game’

Katie Ramirez
July 12, 2018

United States President Donald Trump named Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, two weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy confirmed his retirement. This would be unsafe for many Americans, but especially the disability community, which has seen expanded access to care under this legislation.

"He can't possibly be as conservative as some people are making him out to be", Leipold said.

President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, could have a relatively clear path to confirmation in the Senate. "That sounds less like a Supreme Court Justice and more like a waiter at Ruby Tuesday" s", Colbert said. Its judges are often tapped for the higher court. Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority of 50 votes for confirmation; there are 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, but Sen.

NARAL Pro-Choice America has argued Kavanaugh's nomination is a key element in fulfilling the Trump administration's promise to "see Roe vs Wade consigned to the ash-heap of history, where it belongs".

Schumer is claiming Trump chose Kavanaugh because he is an advocate for strong executive powers and will protect Trump from Robert Mueller.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition. Leo is the president of the conservative legal society.

"An "operative" makes it sound like someone who just sort of didn't care what the facts were and was only interested in painting it in its most unflattering" light, Leipold said.

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"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.

President Obama left the court with a solid 7-4 liberal majority among active judges. "Critics on the Right have pointed out that while Kavanaugh is undoubtedly brilliant and conservative, he seems to be something of a judicial politician".

American Bridge, an opposition research and communications operation that works to support Democratic candidates and find damaging information on their opponents, has launched a team of more than a dozen staffers in Washington and dozens more outside to dive into Kavanaugh's record - his personal record.

Multiple Republicans voting against confirmation would also change things, since that would give all Senate Democrats an excuse for opposing confirmation. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens.

Leipold said it's possible Kavanaugh's feelings simply evolved over time but noted that Kavanaugh had authored a similar article in 1998, near the end of the Starr investigation, in which he said he "fully appreciated that this could be disruptive of the president doing his duties". "He won't be immediately replaceable". "I expect his confirmation to go well".

Speaking at a 2015 convention of the Federalist Society, Kavanaugh said that for potential nominees, "knowing your senator is really important". "Although Kavanaugh worked on the impeachment of President Clinton, he now maintains that "criminal investigations and prosecutions of the president" should be deferred while a president is in office". Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, told reporters before a closed-door meeting with Kavanaugh Wednesday.

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination.

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