Trump's Supreme Court nom Kavanaugh has a history of opposing EPA

James Marshall
July 12, 2018

A lifetime appointment to the most powerful court in the land should come with tough questions and a thorough vetting.

As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh dissented in 2011 from the appeals court's conclusion that Obamacare did not violate the U.S. Constitution. Kavanaugh was one of several Kozinski clerks he helped place with Justice Kennedy, one reason ambitious law school students competed hard to clerk for Kozinski. Cory Booker (N.J.) were "reeling" over Trump's pick. It sounds like a soundbite from a James Carville hit on CNN's Crossfire in 2002. Kavanaugh's extensive paper trail - not just in his 12 years on the bench, but also from his time in the Bush administration - and the fight over what senators will get access to review is becoming the latest key fight to keep a very close eye on. He said the judge noted that he had proposed that Congress impose limits on investigations of sitting presidents. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation. He said Congress should pass such laws.

California Senator Kamala Harris told PBS NewsHour in an interview with Judy Woodruff why she plans to oppose the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.

Another Bush staffer had a lot to do with the Kavanaugh choice, Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn.

"Red-state Democrats should vote to confirm Kavanaugh if they hope to stay in office", Schoen said.

In Wednesday's podcast, Fallon said he believes Kaine is "one of the most honorable men in politics" but disagrees with his approach to Kavanaugh's nomination. More than half of that was royalty payments for the books he had written. "The article by the judge says the exact opposite of what Schumer and Booker falsely claim it says". That is not what Kavanaugh wrote.

In a press conference, Democratic senators took aim at Kavanaugh and criticized his rulings on hot-button issues like reproductive rights.

Conservative groups are on the counterattack, with Judicial Crisis Network announcing a $1.4 million pro-Kavanaugh ad buy in three states that heavily backed Trump in 2016, and where Senate Democrats face tough re-election fights in November. It's theoretically possible that Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch is in on the scheme, but Roberts? (Thomas was confirmed in 1991, Trump and Ivana split up in 1992).

Many conservatives have also praised Trump's selection. It means the Senate isn't fulfilling its constitutional role of "advice and consent", which is an important check on the president's constitutional power to appoint executive and judicial branch officials, as The Hill newspaper put it not too long ago.

Nevertheless, Democrats warn that nothing is certain, and they point to remarks President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russia probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE made on the campaign trail in 2015 about how he would want his judicial appointees to overturn ObamaCare.

But the presidency of Donald Trump has changed the game for the left.

Republicans want to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the court's session in October and before the midterm election. "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving". "I have no doubt he is going to be a great justice", he said. "Every Democrat voted against repeal of the ACA".

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