Sen. Doug Jones vows 'independent review' of Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Faith Castro
July 11, 2018

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee may not have to wait too long for controversial cases if he is confirmed to the job, with disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading toward the justices soon.

The 53-year-old Yale-educated appellate court judge was born in Washington D.C., aided arguments for President Bill Clinton's impeachment, and worked at the White House under President George W. Bush.

The vice president also briefly discussed foreign affairs ahead of this week's key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where President Trump is expected to demand USA allies contribute more funding for their own national defense. "In your opinions, demonstrate civility - to show, to help display that you're trying to make the decision impartially, dispassionately, based on the law and not based on your emotions". In theory, the can vote either way on any issue, but a Kavanaugh confirmation would swing it sharply to the right. "But the conservative senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee must use the confirmation hearing to ask him legitimate questions to verify his backers' claims that he's a textualist and originalist". "A judge must interpret statutes as written".

Grassley said a speedy confirmation wasn't necessarily the goal. "We have one justice and dozens of judges appointed due to their proven hostility to civil rights".

Judge Kavanaugh has argued for an expansive view of presidential power - an approach that could hamstring the sprawling federal investigation into Russian election meddling and potential collusion by the Trump campaign, helping to undermine the rule of law at a crucial time. The Senate minority leader vows to fight Kavanaugh "with everything I've got".

Manchin noted that he had "great concern" about what a conservative-majority court would mean for the Affordable Care Act's provisions benefiting those with pre-existing conditions.

"I think you want to go as quickly as possible", Trump said.

But one of their prime targets, Sen.

Meanwhile, Republicans are hoping Kavanaugh can earn bipartisan support and are seeking to woo Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump won easily in 2016, such as Joe Donnelly of in and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

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All face tough re-election races this November in states Trump won easily in 2016.

But Democrats say nothing short of Roe v. Wade is on the line and have cast Kavanaugh as a far-right judge who threatens women's reproductive rights. Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself.

Although Trump has said he would appoint judges to overturn the court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, Collins said on CNN Sunday she would not support a candidate who "demonstrated hostility" toward the landmark ruling.

Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening.

"The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their health care", he said on Twitter.

The nominee's fate may rest with two Republican senators who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that a Missouri grant program funding playground improvements could not exclude religious schools. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.

John Roberts and Elena Kagan also had time working in the executive branch that led to a large volume of paperwork being released before their Senate hearings.

As how Kavanaugh would rule on the highest court, perhaps the most encouraging evidence comes from a speech he delivered previous year to the American Enterprise Institute on the legal philosophy of the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, whom he called "my first judicial hero".

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