Publicado: Jue, Julio 12, 2018
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Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

And so did the Senate's other two most endangered Democrats, Sens. "The things to be anxious about are the future cases. that's where a Justice Kavanaugh, if confirmed, can make a difference", said Fitzpatrick.

Democrats intend to press the issue at Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings to persuade their colleagues to vote against him.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) welcomed Kavanaugh for a Capitol Hill meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. The exchange took place during a hearing to consider Kavanaugh's nomination to serve on the DC circuit. The GOP leader warned against engaging in "cheap political fear-mongering". "We look forward to the confirmation process", McConnell said.

Ingraham said that Democrats will create "viral drama" in order to turn out their base and "slash away" at a "perfectly competent" pick like Kavanaugh.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of U.S. society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions. But three "Trump state" Democratic senators are facing tough re-election battles (Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana) and are feeling pressure from their constituents to vote for Kavanaugh. "Like Trump's first nominee a year ago, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of" Obamacare".

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Rand Paul of Kentucky could potentially have some problems with Kavanaugh.

Like many judges, he's often dodged on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case affirming the right to privacy and access to abortion. "I'll make my decision after that", Nelson said. "Because he's anxious that Mr Mueller will go to the court and ask that the president be subpoenaed and ask to do other things necessary to move the investigation forward and president Trump knows that Kavanaugh will be a barrier to preventing that investigation from going there".

But: Manchin released a statement strongly suggesting that Kavanaugh's opinions on preserving parts of Obamacare will be a deciding factor for the senator.

"You follow precedent and if Roe v. Wade is the law of the land-I suspect that he will follow precedent", said Pirro.

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Per Politico, McCain in a statement said that Kavanaugh is "a fair, independent, and mainstream judge who has earned widespread respect from his peers".

Hatch said on PBS that Kavanaugh should have an easier time than Justice Neil Gorsuch had previous year, "but I don't know".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh stands on stage after he and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito participated in the opening panel of Georgetown Law Journal's annual symposium, in Washington on November 2, 2017.

In a prime-time televised announcement Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

"There will be the usual attempts to sully his reputation, not only in the Senate but outside the Senate, but he'll be able to handle it, and I have every confidence he'll be confirmed", Hatch said. "I think given [Kavanaugh's] overall judicial philosophy, it's unlikely he would conclude Roe was correct as an original matter".

President Trump wanted a walk-off home-run win with his Supreme Court pick, so when confidants raised doubts about Brett Kavanaugh over the past week, according to Axios' Jonathan Swan, Trump brushed them aside and offered the simple retort: "He's got the votes".

Kavanaugh, 53, now serves as a judge on the powerful US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

"They know that they're going to be asking questions that he can't answer, and then they'll say, 'Well, he won't answer the question", said Sen.

A few moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats, some of whom face contentious reelection races this fall, are as of yet undecided on whether to support Kavanaugh. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington. He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public.

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