Murkowski, Collins: Trump could have done worse than Kavanaugh

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

Pence said he was confident that the members of both parties, as well as the American people, would come to realize that Kavanaugh "is quite simply the most qualified and the most deserving nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States".

Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support.

Brian Fallon believes Democrats shouldn't "reserve judgment" when it comes to opposing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

When Trump finally tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy, McConnell resorted to changing procedural rules so he could be approved by a simple majority instead of the traditional 60-40 threshold.

"This, of course, is another peculiarity of the Trump presidency: blockbuster news has a way of popping out of nowhere and dominating the conversation in ways that no one expected".

"Obviously the more there is, the more opportunities there are to highlight why he's problematic", one senior Democratic aide said, adding that given it's a lifetime appointment, Democrats should have access to everything that exists.

"He was nominated by President Trump, he owes his nomination to President Trump, and with an issue of this magnitude regarding President Trump, will he be able to be independent and evaluate the arguments on both sides with no feeling of obligation or being beholden to the person who put him in the job in the first place?" He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service".

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh has served as a federal judge for 12 years.

Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton.

Just as important, Democrats would be angry across the country and looking to even the score following the White House's victory. Trump could run into the same problem if Democrats re-take control of the Senate in November.

On Wednesday, the former press secretary for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign told ABC's Powerhouse Politics podcast hosts Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein that "there's more than a million pages of documents" from Kavanaugh's time working under President George W. Bush. "This process is not on the level", Fallon said, referring to the Democratic senator's quick rejection of any Trump nominee.

However, Brewer said she does not think McCain will make it back to the Senate in order to vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation.

There has been no one with experience in elected office since O'Connor, who had been a state senator and judge in Arizona.

Like many judges, he's often dodged on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case affirming the right to privacy and access to abortion.

Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said Kavanaugh "has a stellar record of as an originalist, and has proven to be a strong defender of the Second Amendment and freedom of speech and religion".

He also argued that the president chose the man he thought would best protect him from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, meanwhile accused the Trump administration of being relentless in its efforts to reverse civil rights legislations that afforded protection to women.

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake breaks down, reporters have reason to question Paul's loyalty to this Supreme Court pick.

At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination. "This is unfortunate", Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, wrote in an email.

Grassley said the Senate could vote on the nominee by later September or early October.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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