Mitch McConnell Is the Master of Confirming Judges

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If confirmed, Kavanaugh would be be replacing his old boss; like Justice Gorsuch, Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy back in the day.

Hardiman is a "late addition" to Trump's final four, per the New York Times, but he was the runner-up to Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year. "There is no one in American more qualified for this position and no one more deserving".

Alliance for Justice pointed to the Minnesota Law Review article he wrote in 2009 in which he argued that criminal investigations against the president should be deferred while they are in office. "Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty". "Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially".

The feminist group blasted out a statement shortly after Mr. Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, saying him confimation would "further erode protections for nearly every marginalized group in America".

The official says Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

JCN played an active role in opposing the 2016 candidacy of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court - a nomination that died during the final months of the Obama presidency - and supported the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court past year. Hardiman was counted as a front runner during last year's nomination that ultimately went to Gorsuch.

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A third finalist, Amy Comey Barrett, was seen at her home in IN just a few hours before Trump was set to unveil his nominee at a White House ceremony.

News reported on Sunday night that Kavanaugh and Hardiman are getting the most attention in the decision-making process.

"Democrats in the Senate should use every tool at their disposal to stop Judge Kavanaugh from being confirmed". Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

The Democratic senator is up for re-election this year in a state Trump won in 2016.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

Carper had not released a statement about Kavanaugh as of press time.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition.

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The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Leo pointed out that in the 36 years after the decision, only one justice on the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, has explicitly said that e would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Two female Republican senators - Maine Sen. His final options were all young federal judges who could help remake the court for decades to come with precedent-shattering rulings on issues such as abortion, guns and health care. At the top of that list is abortion. While he has yet to reveal his sentiments on the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to abortion access, he was involved with a dispute over whether a pregnant migrant woman who was being held by immigration authorities could receive an abortion in 2017, according to the Los Angeles Times.

You are not signed in as a Premium user; we rely on Premium users to support our news reporting. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. Still, while that record is of often brilliant originalism on the bench, there are also brushes with political controversy off of it, including during the Clinton impeachment proceedings when he was a member of Ken Starr's team and during his service in the George W. Bush White House.

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation. While it is true that Kavanaugh published an article almost a decade ago arguing that presidents should be exempt from "time-consuming and distracting" lawsuits, he has likewise argued for dramatically narrowing the scope of executive privilege.

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

In 2000, Kavanaugh helped the Bush campaign cinch the Presidency by working on behalf of Bush in the Florida recount. Judge Thomas Hardiman is a US appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist". He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi.

But her voting record shows that Collins has supported all of Trump's judicial nominees, including John Kenneth Bush, Trump's nominee for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals who once described slavery and abortion as the "two greatest tragedies in our country" and compared Roe v. Wade to the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that ruled slaves could not be U.S. citizens.

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Kavanaugh is also known for dissenting from the court's decision in 2015 in Priests for Life v. H.H.S not to rehear a challenge to ObamaCare's contraception mandate. Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.