Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court?

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right, meets with Sen.

"I am here tonight because I'm a United States senator", Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.

President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night.

Around eight months later, Kavanaugh got involved in another contentious case in Florida.

The justices' all-Ivy background - Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a law degree from Columbia - is just one way Kavanaugh should feel right at home if confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Senator Kamala Harris added: "Listen if you are a young woman in America or you care about young woman in America pay close attention to this nomination".

The jousting began just minutes after Mr. Trump made his pick.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who described Kavanaugh as a "superb" pick, called on Democrat senators to "put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command".

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is going to have enough trouble getting all Red-State Democrats to vote against Kavanaugh, let alone getting any Republicans to vote no.

Kavanaugh worked for president George W. Bush, who appointed him in 2003 to the US Court of Appeals in Washington - where he was finally confirmed in 2006 after years of Democratic obstruction. Republicans, meanwhile, hope centrist Democrats running for re-election in conservative-leaning states will back Kavanaugh. And should the 85-year-old Justice Ginsburg too, come to be replaced in the near future by a Trump nominee, the court could conceivably have a 6-3 conservative majority.

The confirmation battle could serve, though, as a test run for prospective 2020 candidates to flex their rhetorical muscles and engage with the base in the early stages of the next presidential election.

But particularly for someone like me who is experiencing being one of the millions and millions of people now who have pre-existing conditions, meaning that, you know, people who are sick or who have a medical record - that's practically all of us - the - his nomination is a tremendous concern and whether or not he can truly be independent.

That's what happened with Gina Haspel, Trump's CIA director, in a May confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where Harris is also a member.

She interrupted again when Haspel tried to dodge the question.

The opposite is true of Republican Sen. Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself. Pro-choice activists have warned that Kavanaugh's senate confirmation could mean the end of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court ruling that upheld women's right to access abortions. Different considerations go into academic writing than go into judicial opinions and we often see legal academics take positions that they may never think reasonable under the constraints of deciding a case. "I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible", Kavanaugh wrote.

Stylistically, Booker tends to ask longer, bigger-picture questions than Harris - though he's been part of key moments, as well. Chris Coons said at a press conference Tuesday along with other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said Congress should pass such laws. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. And, while working with Special Prosecutor Ken Starr who investigated President Bill Clinton, Kavanaugh authored a memo arguing for an expansive understanding of what constituted obstruction of justice, the charge many Trump campaign aides are facing in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

An SC justice intervenes in the most crucial decisions of American public life for a length of time that could extend over multiple generations.

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