Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Trump SCOTUS Pick Thinks Presidents Need Immunity

Trump SCOTUS Pick Thinks Presidents Need Immunity

The Democrat's rally on the court's steps began shortly after Trump's 9 p.m. Monday announcement and included chants of "Hell no on Kavanaugh". Still, they could try to sour the hearings by attacking Kavanaugh and trying to complicate the proceedings whenever possible.

A Tuesday headline on Salon, for example, read, "Trump's SCOTUS Reality TV Show: When Networks Help the President Win Ratings, Democracy Loses". Since 2006, he has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.

From serving as a clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose shoes he's in line to fill on the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh went on to serve as an aide to Ken Starr, the independent counsel who probed President Bill Clinton's finances and his relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky.

President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court once wrote that sitting presidents should be immune from criminal investigation because their job is too important and prosecution would be a burdensome distraction.

The AJC has not taken a position on the nomination, and Stern said it was studying Kavanaugh's record, specifically with regard to issues of immigration law, religious liberty, separation of church and state, and reproductive freedom. Kavanaugh has ties to the Federalist Society, a staunchly conservative group.

When you're a Supreme Court nominee, everything you've written in the last decade is closely examined.

Trump hailed Kavanaugh as "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time" when announcing his nomination. Trump also praised Kavanaugh's dedication to tutoring children in local elementary schools and coaching his daughters on their basketball team.

Speaking on the Senate floor Monday morning, Schumer said Kavanaugh's paperwork 'will be critical to helping Americans understand what kind of judge he will be.' He added that 'if that takes more time, so be it'. To the contrary. He was saying that Congress should pass a law ensuring that result, because without it, the president was open to being investigated - and maybe even indicted.

The appellate court judge's first, well-photographed stop: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. "I suppose there could be a battle over whether Mueller's appointment was legal", said Josh Chafetz, a professor at Cornell Law School. The President introduced me tonight as Judge Kavanaugh.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused him of being "a very bright legal foot soldier" for Republicans.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says the Arizona Republican "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court". "Kavanaugh does not meet that basic standard of fairness and impartiality, and I can not support him".

The confirmation process is expected to dominate Washington ahead of November's mid-term elections, with the Republicans holding a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words.

Liberal activists are preparing to launch a robust campaign against Kavanaugh over concerns about his originalist views on how to interpret the Constitution.

Last night he confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the court in a move that has anxious liberals and womens' groups. Several of Kavanaugh's biggest ideas have found their way into Supreme Court opinions.

"The stakes for our democracy are has high as they have ever been, if not higher", Aron said.

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