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Kavanaugh Nomination Another Chance For Mitch McConnell To Shape Supreme Court

14 July 2018
Kavanaugh Nomination Another Chance For Mitch McConnell To Shape Supreme Court

One of the major stories to come out of Washington D.C. this week was President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. 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 to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

"At this time, the Kavanaughs have no debts beyond their home mortgage", said White House spokesman Raj Shah. He added: "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving".

LEO: One of the great things about Judge Kavanaugh and a number of the other finalists that President Trump considered is that their writings evidence a desire to keep politics out of the courts.

The annual salary in 2018 for a circuit court judge is $220,600, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written".

Kavanaugh has bank account worth $65,000.

Abortion will be perhaps the key issue in upcoming confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday expressed concerns, seeing his views on separation of power as "kowtowing to the president, effectively saying that the president is above the law".

Karl asked Fallon if he and other Democrats are "entirely misstating" Kavanaugh's view of executive power, noting that in a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article, Kavanaugh explicitly said that Congress "might consider exempting a president" from criminal prosecution and investigations because there is "no constitutional protection".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, whose panel will hold Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and eventually vote on whether his nominee should be referred to the full Senate, said he expects the consideration process to be "thorough". "I look forward to meeting with him and discussing his record first-hand". However, he faces some opposition from Democrats, as well. "Abortion is a right I feel must not go away, and I feel like people aren't mobilizing so much because it's so complicated and it's hard to understand".

Another vulnerable Democrat up for re-election - Sen. "Kiss my you know what", West Virginia's Sen.

Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania was the first senator from a red state to come out against the nominee, even before Trump announced who it would be. Either way, it's a risk they would rather not have to take in an election year.

Kavanaugh in the past has made statements about respecting precedent that could help in winning over senators, particularly Murkowski and Collins. The two have supported access to abortion services. "What was the dominate issue that drove many Christians and conservatives to the polls in 2016?" At the top of that list is abortion.

"I hope in the end when push comes to shove that (Kavanaugh) will have acquitted himself in a way that will allow all 50 of our Republican senators to be able to vote for him", Thune said. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.

The day after he was nominated to become a Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh visited Capitol Hill, where his possible future on the high court will be determined.

If confirmed, his relatively modest means would rank Kavanaugh in the lower tier in personal finances among members of court. And I know that that's what President Trump was looking for.

In another case, Kavanaugh argued in favor of delaying an abortion for an undocumented teen. Kavanaugh now serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and previously worked under Ken Starr and in President George W. Bush's administration. It's a Supreme Court justice, this is a lifetime job.