Judge Kavanaugh on the Confirmation Process - Volokh Conspiracy

Judge Kavanaugh on the Confirmation Process - Volokh Conspiracy

Judge Kavanaugh on the Confirmation Process - Volokh Conspiracy

"What upset conservatives about (Kavanaugh) is that he didn't join in on the opinion in that case that suggested that there was no right to abortion at all", said Mary Ziegler, a law professor at Florida State University. According to the New York Times, McConnell fears that Democrats could use this material to delay confirmation hearings - you know, because Democrats would like to thoroughly evaluate the record of the nominee as part of the confirmation process. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens.

He encouraged three red-state Democrats up for re-election in November who backed Justice Neil Gorsuch's nomination - Sens. Claire McCaskill opposed Gorsuch and her approval rating had dropped "in a state that President Trump won by a 20-point margin". Then again, in the nightmare scenario, the GOP could pick-up all of these seats.

Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old appeals judge, is revered in conservative circles for his perceived loyalty to the text of the Constitution.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reiterated his pledge to "fight this nominee with everything I've got".

"We have to lower the expectations of our base".

"If the American people come to believe this court would overturn women's reproductive freedom and the ACA, we would get a majority of votes", he added.

"We're leaving no stone unturned and are searching for all publicly available information that can properly highlight the dangers of giving Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court", Harrell Kirstein, the group's communications director, said in a statement.

"I don't think that's going to happen", she said. Those closed-door visits will be carefully choreographed, but they're unlikely to change very many hearts and minds.


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.

Kavanaugh has also written that presidents don't have to follow laws they deem unconstitutional until a final court order says otherwise.

How Kavanaugh answers questions about that case and the legal precedent it created will be key to his confirmation.

"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?"

There's a reason or two why the American Family Association has described President Donald Trump's latest nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court as a "four-star" pick instead of a "five-star" pick.

"We'll try to do what we can to accommodate everybody's interest", he said. Unsurprisingly, given his popularity with groups like the FRC, Kavanaugh has supported "religious liberty" in health care settings, which opens up the possibility of formalizing discrimination against people who need birth control, miscarriage care and other treatments that "conscientious objectors" say they don't want to cover, perform or assist with.

"Congress might consider a law exempting a President-while in office-from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel", he wrote.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate's Democratic leader, said his party's lawmakers did indeed care who the nominee was - and what his views were on such thorny issues as abortion and Trump himself.

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