Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will be ‘outstanding’: former clerk for Justice Scalia

Elias Hubbard
July 10, 2018

Kyl lobbied on behalf of the conservative group Judicial Crisis Network a year ago during the confirmation battle for the president's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, according to federal disclosures.

Trump had been going back and forth between Kavanaugh, the favorite of White House counsel Don McGahn, and Hardiman, whom the president's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a former colleague of Hardiman's, has pressed him to choose. Admittedly, Kavanaugh also said that the government could only delay someone's abortion temporarily - as a lower court judge, he is bound by precedent saying that the government cannot cut of abortion rights entirely - but if Judge Kavanaugh becomes Justice Kavanaugh, he will be free to overrule those decisions.

Just previous year, in Garza v. Hargan, Kavanaugh claimed that the Trump administration should be allowed to delay an undocumented minor's abortion by literally holding them prisoner to prevent them from reaching an abortion clinic.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House. "And somebody who is conservative but also is willing to look at the law in a non-judgemental way, like Judge Gorsuch", she said.

Kavanaugh also offered a nod to the Supreme Court justice he's expected to replace, saying "the framers established that the Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty". Kavanaugh in his dissent mentioned that a financial penalty levied under Obamacare on Americans who opted not to obtain health insurance might be considered a tax, a pivotal distinction in the conservative legal challenge to the law.

"No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination".

On Monday, Trump phoned retiring Justice Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat.

Liberal groups have geared up to protect Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that upheld women's rights to an abortion, from being overturned.

Kavanaugh's views on presidential power and abortion are expected to draw particular attention in his confirmation hearing.

Conservative judicial activists will immediately begin running ads pressuring politically vulnerable Democratic senators to vote for confirmation. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Joe Donnelly, West Virginia Sen.

Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale.

Kavanaugh, 53, is said to be supported by White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search. SCOTUSblog, which covers actions of the Supreme Court, said his opinions have shown an "originalist approach to the Second Amendment right to bear arms", and that he "has not weighed in directly on issues relating to abortion" - two hot-button issues.

McConnell has said he hopes to have a justice in place by the opening of the court's new term in October, and it's possible that a voluminous paper trail could add more time to the review - or at least give Democrats a little more traction on efforts to delay the proceedings.

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