Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Kavanaugh works Capitol Hill as Dems warn of rightward tilt

Kavanaugh works Capitol Hill as Dems warn of rightward tilt

Trump announced Monday that he would nominate Kavanaugh, a USA appeals court judge, to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Republicans are facing a narrow majority - 51-49, including two independents who caucus with the Democrats - in order to appoint President Donald Trump's nominee and McCain's absence could hinder that process.

Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken praised President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, calling him a "longtime friend" and someone she has "admired".

Texas' legal fight with the Clean Air Act, welfare, environmental protection and gay rights have made it to the Supreme Court.

In Wednesday's podcast, Fallon said he believes Kaine is "one of the most honorable men in politics" but disagrees with his approach to Kavanaugh's nomination. Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the court's session in October, and before the midterm election. They didn't care as much about picking Supreme Court justices as Republicans and Trump did.

Grassley, whose committee will first consider Kavanaugh's nomination, told Fox Business today that his Tuesday meeting with Kavanaugh left him with the impression of "a person that's well-versed in the law, very respected by other judges, quite - I should say great faith to interpreting the law, not stretching the law, following congressional intent".

She also said that Trump vowed to only appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.

"To my Democratic colleagues, I ask no more of you than I ask for myself, use the qualifications standard, having said that, I know most won't", Graham said.

It's against that backdrop that we focus on President Trump's nomination of appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a solid conservative with deep political roots in Washington, to the Supreme Court. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and Lindsey Graham of SC.

Yale Constitutional law professor Akhil Reed Amar praised Kavanaugh in an op-ed for the New York Times, titled "A Liberal's Case for Brett Kavanaugh", writing that this is Trump's "finest hour, his classiest move". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska made clear that while they're both in the earliest of stages of reviewing Kavanaugh's record, they both find him to be "qualified" for the position.

"Millions of people are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject the president's nominee, and their voices deserve to be heard now, as [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell thought they deserved to be heard then", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said last week. Manchin has. But Donnelly echoed Manchin when he said, "I work for the people of IN and I want them to have a voice IN this". A slate of progressive senators and 2020 White House hopefuls, including Sens.

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