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Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Trump SCOTUS Pick Thinks Presidents Need Immunity

Trump SCOTUS Pick Thinks Presidents Need Immunity

Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh, 53, a judge on the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, to replace the retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

That matters now - especially to Democrats mulling whether to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination to the highest court in the nation - because Trump is facing a special counsel probe into Russian election interference in 2016 and whether anyone in Trump campaign took part.

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey spoke with 7News about Kavanaugh and said that "he will become a rubber stamp for a conservative, right-wing agenda". "This is a nominee who is going to be incredibly popular".

But fierce Democratic opposition alone will not be enough to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The anxiety over defections speaks to the narrowness of the Republican's majority in the Senate.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", said Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights.

Years later, after the Senate confirmed him 57 to 36 for a lifetime-tenured judgeship, Kavanaugh would write in the Minnesota Law Review that the experience in the executive branch made him a better and more independent judge.

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".

While on the campaign trail, Trump said that if he gets to nominate one or two conservative justices, the court would "automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade.

Schumer acknowledged Tuesday that Democrats will need to persuade at least two Republicans to oppose Kavanaugh. We are the majority and WE.

The White House reportedly sent an email to industry stakeholders Monday night, highlighting Kavanaugh's pro-business and anti-regulation record in an attempt to get their help to push through his nomination.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., all voted in April to confirm Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, dissenting with the majority of their party. "I thought the president would want a bigger fight".

"It's a red state with a Democratic senator".

Democrats and others on the left reacted negatively to the president choosing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the nomination.

Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination. McConnell has rejected that possibility, saying the decision to not fill the vacancy under Obama was prefaced on it being a presidential election year. Trump's administration refused her request, which prompted ACLU to sue on her behalf and a federal district judge ruled in her favor.

They are set against a well-established network of conservative organizations doing the same to promote Kavanaugh's confirmation, led by the Judicial Crisis Network, which has pledged to spend $10 million on the coming battle. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

Demand Justice, a liberal group formed to counter JCN's influence, has not committed to a particular dollar figure but has placed ads in Alaska and ME targeting Murkowski and Collins. "We have the American people on our side, now we have to go state by state by state to make sure senators do what their constituents want". Ben Wikler, Washington director for MoveOn, promised a "massive grass-roots mobilization" akin to the effort that met the GOP's ACA repeal push a year ago.

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