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Santorum on Kavanaugh pick: Trump 'bowed to the elite in Washington'

Letter Don’t let McConnell’s hypocrisy determine the Supreme Court’s future Santorum on Kavanaugh pick: Trump 'bowed to the elite in Washington'
Bennie Garza | 10 July, 2018, 08:56

Kavanaugh earned a reputation as a hard worker during clerkships for two appeals court judges and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a conservative whom he would replace on the Supreme Court, if confirmed. In a recent case involving abortion and immigration, he wrote a decision that temporarily barred a pregnant teenager in immigration custody from obtaining an abortion.

The president said: "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

With reality television-style suspense, he had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment.

"He can still recite the section and seat numbers of the upper deck seats his dad had at RFK (Stadium) for the Redskins", said Travis Lenkner, a former Kavanaugh law clerk, of the Washington Redksins' home field until 1997.

Age was an important factor in making Trump's Supreme Court list; Kavanaugh is 53 years old, which would guarantee a measure of longevity on the court, if he is approved by Congress.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would fight Kavanaugh's nomination with "everything I have", highlighting issues of healthcare and women's rights.

"I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me". Hardiman, 52, who was also appointed by Bush, serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during his investigation of President Bill Clinton and worked in the White House during George W. Bush's presidency.

He added: "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.

It's about what country the United States of America is going to chart as its course in the future on this Supreme Court.

Each choice represented a shift to the right compared to Kennedy, who has often cast a swing vote between conservatives and liberals on the nine-member bench. When the court he serves on upheld a New Jersey law requiring a gun owner to obtain a permit to carry a gun in public places and to show that he has "a justifiable need" to carry the gun, Hardiman dissented, chastising the majority for upholding a law that dates to 1966 (and arguably 1924) as insufficiently long-standing.

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues.

The New Yorker, March 2012 - In this comment, Jeffrey Toobin describes Kavanaugh as a judge in thrall to partisan politics.

A senior White House official says Trump called Kavanaugh on Sunday evening to inform him that he was his choice to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

The front-runner was a front-runner for a reason.

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans very publicly attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act past year, and they succeeded in repealing the individual mandate. And she recently made it through the confirmation process, with the Senate approving her nomination to be an appeals court judge in October.

It's a promise that has helped cement near-record levels of support for his presidency from Republican voters - and for good reason.

Earlier, Trump had announced he had narrowed his choice to several contenders, building anticipation for the announcement, which generated criticism. This is one reason that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reportedly tried to nudge POTUS away from naming him.

A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed. John McCain absent while he is fighting cancer.

During her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett was questioned about her religious beliefs. Sen.

In her 20s, she co-authored a paper that said Catholic judges, if they are faithful to church teachings, are "morally precluded" from enforcing the death penalty.

Democrats are certain to press Mr Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide. Leo pointed out that in the 36 years after the decision, only one justice on the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, has explicitly said that e would overturn Roe v. Wade. The confirmation battle could also play a big role in the 2018 midterms, which are less than four months away.

All eyes on which senators?

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California. All three voted to confirm Gorsuch and are up for re-election in states that Trump won handily. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. According to the New York Times, Trump "found him likable but comparatively tiresome".

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