Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Arizonans react to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court

Arizonans react to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court

President Trump has announced his decision to nominate 53-year-old Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81. He worked in the White House during George W. Bush's presidency and was an aide to Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton, according to the Associated Press. Judge Kavanaugh also served as a Counsel for the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr and as a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

"My decision on whether to ultimately support Kavanaugh's nomination will be based on his commitment to original intent, judicial restraint, and the understanding that the Supreme Court is a "trier of law" appellate court and not a "trier of fact" trial court".

Much of the groundwork for a successful confirmation comes in private meetings that the nominee will have with individual senators in the coming weeks. "Americans want a Supreme Court that understands the limit of the court to interpret rather than create or modify the law and the Constitution".

Kennedy had voted to preserve the core principles of the high court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.

"One of the Senate's highest constitutional responsibilities is to provide advice and consent on nominations to the Supreme Court, and I look forward to the Senate fulfilling this critical duty through a fair and thorough confirmation process". "The nomination comes at a time when that choice is fraught and consequential in ways that have never applied to any other USA president, ever".

"In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and healthcare protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block", Schumer said.

Kavanaugh is a member of the conservative legal group and was on a list of potential nominees that it helped compile for Trump. John McCain has been absent as he battles brain cancer.

One red-state Democratic senator up for re-election this year - Sen. Joe Manchin and North Dakota Sen. However, the Associated Press reported Sunday that Trump had expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when the president nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia previous year.

By keeping Scalia's seat open, McConnell gave Trump a head start in putting his own stamp on the high court, and the president acknowledged as much when Gorsuch was sworn in a year ago.

"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter barely arrived in the president's hands before several Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone - that the president might name", McConnell said Monday. Now we can expect the Democrats to fight Kavanaugh's nomination with all their might.

One person who is close to Trump said the "Bush factor" could be the chief reason if Kavanaugh is passed over.

In 2016, he told Fox News' Chris Wallace that Roe would be overturned if he got to appoint "two or three" justices, "because I am putting pro-life justices on the court". Also, just a lot of material for vetters to go through. Make no mistake: Judge Kavanaugh wasn't chosen because of his experience or his life story; he was chosen as a gift to right-wing activists who have spent decades working to take over the Supreme Court to push their own extreme agenda. "I take my responsibility of "advice and consent" very seriously and look forward to the Judiciary Committee's thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's record".

Numerous "rights" the left worries about are indeed vulnerable, because they are based not upon the text of the Constitution, but merely upon hopes and wishes conceived in the minds of men and then alleged by five Supreme Court justices to have been lurking, unnoticed, in the shadow of constitutional words that mean something entirely different.

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