Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Yes Another Liberal SCOTUS Meltdown Is Coming...And It Could Be One For The Record Books

Yes Another Liberal SCOTUS Meltdown Is Coming...And It Could Be One For The Record Books

Doug Jones said Sunday that he could vote either way on President Donald Trump's yet-to-be announced nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. NY time to name his choice.

Paul in a statement Monday evening released shortly after Trump announced his pick said he would scrutinize Kavanaugh's record closely.

In a later tweet he said he was looking forward to the Monday night announcement of his "exceptional" pick. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Cincinnati, Ohio-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while Hardiman, 52, serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - also appointed by Bush.

Meanwhile, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) claimed that Kavanaugh stands "outside the mainstream" when it comes to dealing with healthcare, executive power, privacy and even gun safety.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

Over a decade later, Kavanaugh reiterated this belief in the Minnesota Law Review saying, "a serious constitutional question exists regarding whether a President can be criminally indicted and tried while in office".

Trump previous year appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former president Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The Indivisible Project, a nonprofit aimed at electing progressives and pushing progressive policies, said it is focused on making sure Democrats ― all Democrats ― stick together in opposition to Kavanaugh. The appellate court judge in Washington has a "slight" advantage, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation, who helped shape Trump's list of possible justices, said Sunday on Fox News.

The Vice President plans to escort Judge Kavanaugh to the Senate on Tuesday morning to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The 53-year-old is a graduate of Yale Law School, and also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987.

Since 2006, Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often called the nation's second most powerful court. Given Trump's known habit of leaning on family ties and valuing loyalty above all, that could be decisive. Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority, but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is battling brain cancer and is unlikely to be present for a vote.

Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee.

"I don't think it's going to be a game changer, but I think it's not a, 'Yeah, let's go get them, ' kind of moment for Trump". "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months". The court's senior liberal justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is 85. Gorsuch, Trump's first pick, is 50.

But Justin Walker, a former clerk of both Justice Kennedy and Judge Kavanaugh, said Judge Kavanaugh has authored a number of opinions defending religious liberty.

The looming midterm elections in November also could be a factor.

Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all face reelection in the fall in states Trump won.

President Trump's choice for Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, credited his mother on Monday for introducing him to the law.

David Gaines said he made a decision to protest out of "anger and disappointment that the Supreme Court is going to be packed by a child who has no understanding of much less respect for the institution of constitutional law".

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