After Stealing SCOTUS Seat, GOP Blasts Dems for Partisan Opposition to Kavanaugh

Hugh Fox
July 10, 2018

We are confident that the Senate will confirm Judge Kavanaugh, and we look forward to Judge Kavanaugh being seated in time for the start of the Supreme Court's new term in October.

Several others made their way to the Supreme Court to join in the demonstrations.

"There is no one in America who is more qualified for this position and no one who is more deserving", Trump said of his nominee".

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote who sometimes sided with the court's liberals in key cases.

Other finalists included Amy Coney Barrett, a Seventh Circuit judge, was considered the candidate that would make Trump's base most happy, deeply conservative views and religious beliefs.

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An appointee of George W. Bush, Kavanaugh's first notable role in public life was helping to draft the Starr report, which detailed the sexual relationship between former President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky and called for the President's impeachment. He graduated from Yale University in 1990 and Yale Law School in 1993 - an early hint that he'd become the nominee, as Trump remarked that he was looking for someone with an Ivy League education. Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future. He worked in Bush's White House for five years, including almost three as Bush's staff secretary.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said they will hold a confirmation vote this fall. The longtime Kentucky lawmaker reportedly preferred Kethledge and Hardiman over Kavanaugh, believing the former two would be easier to pass through an already tight count in the Senate, according to The Times on Saturday.

Prior to his stint in the White House, he was associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr and as an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General. Kavanaugh faced a long confirmation battle when Bush nominated him to his current post in 2003.

'Let's be clear: a vote for Kavanaugh would be a vote to rip health care from American families and deny women their constitutional right to make their own health care decisions, ' DNC Chair Tom Perez claimed. "His view there was just quite troubling".

The protest began peacefully with people marching along the sidewalk chanting 'Hey hey ho ho, Trump's nominee has got to go!'

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"I do not ask about a nominee's personal opinions", Trump said Monday night. In 2016, he wrote the appeals court decision that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, formed under Obama, was unconstitutional.

On the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Kavanaugh wrote in 2011 that a federal law known as the Anti-Injunction Act, which covers tax issues, meant that the court lacked the ability to consider whether the law's individual mandate violated the Constitution. "Those big issues, it's still going to take a little bit of time for those cases to get to the court".

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, as well as Kavanaugh, who is now a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia.

Kavanaugh said the "radical" majority had essentially created a "constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in US government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

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