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Trump's Supreme Court pick would solidify court's conservative bent, experts say

11 July 2018
Trump's Supreme Court pick would solidify court's conservative bent, experts say

Like Trump's first nominee past year, 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. The messaging initially centered on the future of abortion rights in the USA under a court with Kavanaugh on it.

Compared to some of Trump's other options, Kavanaugh is "more of a moderate conservative", McDaniel said: he is a textualist and originalist, but also says he would adhere to precedent.

"Kavanaugh's idea of making America great again apparently hearkens back to a time before the Workers Compensation laws and the Occupational Safety and Health Act were passed", Barab wrote.

Cornyn says Democrats have pledged to stop the nominee at all costs, but "we will see President Trump's nominee confirmed on a timely basis".

The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Trump nominated Kavanaugh after interviewing several candidates and eventually focusing his consideration on four: Kavanaugh, Michigan federal judge Raymond Kethledge, and federal judges Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Judge Kavanaugh later worked as a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House.

"Justice Rehnquist was not successful in convincing a majority of the justices in the context of abortion either in Roe itself or in the later cases such as Casey, in the latter case perhaps because of stare decisis", he continued.

Imagine this: In July 1974, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the president of the United States had to turn over evidence in a criminal proceeding, a decision that led, less than a month later, to that president's resignation. "I am interested in knowing more about Mr. Kavanaugh", Levin said in evaluating the nominee, discussing the media and political pundits rushing to pro- and anti-Kavanaugh stances. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read. McConnell, who called Kavanaugh a "superb choice", hasn't explicitly said whether his goal is to complete a confirmation before the November midterm elections.

"You've got to overlook his Ivy League background and how they don't teach much in the way of the Constitution", said the former judge, who got his law degree at Baylor. Schumer asked what he personally thought about the ruling, but Kavanaugh said it wasn't "appropriate" to reveal his own opinion. Trump's advisers and boosters made clear in the days following Kennedy's announcement that his replacement would be more in the vein of Trump's first SCOTUS pick, Gorsuch: an originalist, textualist, and all-around judicial conservative.

And Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to oppose President Donald Trump's nominee with 'everything I've got'.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says the Arizona Republican "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court". Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a longtime member of the Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh has served on the bench of the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006, appointed by Bush.

The GOP-controlled Senate needs only 51 votes to confirm Supreme Court nominees.

Kavanaugh, 53, is well respected by the Republican establishment, although some on the right have said he is not conservative enough. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing.