Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick

  • Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick

Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick

Mr Trump called it an "honour and privilege" to nominate Judge Kavanaugh, who became a judge for the US Court of Appeals in 2006, and said he had "impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications".

So I propose that the Democrats offer the following compromise: Each Senate Democrat will pledge either to vote yes for Kavanaugh's confirmation - or, if voting no, to first publicly name at least two clearly better candidates whom a Republican president might realistically have nominated instead (not an easy task). He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990. Some conservative activists have questioned whether he would rule sufficiently aggressively as a justice.

Mr Kavanaugh is a federal appellate judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Judge Kavanaugh's background as a partisan political operative seems exactly like the kind of man President Trump would want on the Supreme Court if legal issues from the Mueller probe arise: deferential to a fault to executive authority, and with a long track record of partisan politics", Schumer said Tuesday. He urged Democrats to support Kavanaugh so that he "could be confirmed with the ninetysomething Senate votes he deserves, rather than the fiftysomething votes he is likely to get". He previously served for five years in the White House under former USA president George W. Bush. Trump's critics have cited this opinion to argue that the president appointed Kavanaugh to protect himself from the Russian Federation probe, so Berman asked if the president was "aware" of Kavanaugh's opinion.

Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel Carrie Severino on support of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Now it remains to be seen whether or not his confirmation can actually be wrapped up by the beginning of the court's new term in October.

Kennedy, 81, announced on June 27 plans to retire after three decades on the court, effective on July 31. Meanwhile, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is battling brain cancer and has not been back to the Capitol since December.

Feinstein also rejected a White House invitation to attend the announcement of Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday evening. This is Trump's second nomination, after the conservative Neil Gorsuch joined the court a year ago.

Kavanaugh has drawn concern from many in the conservative movement over some of his past rulings, notably his opinion against a Catholic pro-life organization in a case involving the Obamacare contraception mandate and an opinion that is said to have paved the way for the Supreme Court ruling that "saved" Obamacare itself a few years ago. "A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right". Charles Schumer asked Kavanaugh: "Do you consider Roe v. Wade to be an abomination?"

The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights.

Judge Kavanaugh has argued for an expansive view of presidential power - an approach that could hamstring the sprawling federal investigation into Russian election meddling and potential collusion by the Trump campaign, helping to undermine the rule of law at a crucial time.

There are several cases on LGBT rights filtering through the lower courts that may end up before the Supreme Court, from issues relating to discrimination and "religious freedom" to battles over transgender school kids and military personnel.