Trump SCOTUS Pick Refuses Handshake From Father of Parkland Victim

Brenda Watkins
September 5, 2018

"They will say anything, and are only looking to inflict pain and embarrassment to one of the most highly renowned jurists to ever appear before Congress", Trump said on Twitter.

Republicans have said Democrats have more than enough documents to assess Kavanaugh's record, which include documents pertaining to his 12 years of judicial opinions as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. His conservative record includes a dissenting opinion past year that would have denied immediate access to an abortion for an immigrant teenager in federal custody. The Ohio Republican, who worked with Kavanaugh in the George W. Bush White House, will talk about the judge's professional and personal background. "I can't be silent when someone is nominated to the Supreme Court who would take our equal rights away".

The key precedent Kavanaugh was alluding to here was Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld Roe and was co-authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Kavanaugh clerked. "Judge Kavanaugh was not responsible for the Parkland school shooting that killed my daughter", he said, placing blame instead on local law enforcement and school officials.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of September.

Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing. The American Bar Association has given Kavanaugh its highest rating, well qualified.

She was angry that the Trump administration had released - just the night before - tens of thousands of pages of government documents related to Kavanaugh's public service.

But Democrats can only be left to imagine where they'd be if the importance of this issue hit them before voters last went to the polls.

Kavanaugh is likely to be questioned about his views on investigating sitting presidents and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

Many Democratic senators already have announced their intention to vote against Kavanaugh and many Republicans have likewise signaled their support.

Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

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They pointed to endorsements from fellow judges and Kavanaugh's legal associates, liberals and conservatives, including a number of women.

Meyers began by urging his audience to "step back for a moment" and acknowledge that Trump is "trying to appoint someone to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court while simultaneously being implicated in a truly staggering number of criminal cases and corruption scandals".

Kavanaugh, in his statement Tuesday, gave a shout-out to Garland, "our superb chief judge".

A Catholic, he has been a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington for the past 11 years.

Despite their concerns, Democrats have few tools to block Kavanaugh's path to the high court.

The filibuster rule required 60 of the 100 votes to advance a bill or nomination.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in the massacre, tried to introduce himself to Kavanaugh - but it was not clear if the Supreme Court nominee heard him.

Ed covered the confirmation theatrics this morning with Senators, led by Kamala Harris (but organized by Chuck Schumer), interrupting and moving to adjourn the hearing before it even got started.

Soon, photographers were arrayed immediately in front of the back-of-the-room chairs where these protesters were deploying themselves.

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