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

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

In Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump has chosen a man for the Supreme Court who has sterling academic credentials; a long record of public service; a trove of nearly 300 judicial opinions, many highly regarded; an appealing personal story; a lovely family-and a radically expansive view of the power of the presidency.

He once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace and now works as an appeals court judge in Washington DC. Their greatest hopes of all these years - on seeing Roe v. Wade overruled once and for all, on weakening the administrative state, on making the president the lord of every corner of the Executive branch - now rest with Kavanaugh, who no one really doubts will be a faithful soldier.

Net neutrality - or the Obama-era regulation that required internet service providers to treat all content equally - has been revoked by the Trump administration's FCC. He has overruled regulators on cases ranging from consumer protections to net neutrality 75 times and even ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to oppose Brett Kavanaugh with 'everything I've got'.

This previous case may indicate how he could rule in future cases involving abortion.

" Sen. Ben Cardin, also a Democrat, said in a statement that he was "gravely concerned" about Kavanaugh's willingness to defer criminal investigations and prosecutions presidential misconduct until after President Trump leaves office". He also comes from the D.C. Circuit, which has produced current Justices Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

"Another conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who honors the original intent of the Constitution will have a positive impact on our country for decades". He served on the team of independent counsel Ken Starr during Starr's investigation of the Clinton White House. "I look forward to Judge Kavanaugh's public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and to questioning him in a meeting in my office".

Trump made the announcement Monday night, saying the selection of a Supreme Court justice is one of the most important decisions a president can make.




Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh has been nominated to replace, was seen as a likely swing vote on gun rights; a supporter of the fundamental right to own a gun, but perhaps also a supporter of existing gun control laws.

"For the past 11 years, I've taught hundreds of students primarily at Harvard Law School".

"We are confident he would strengthen the conservative wing of the Court and preserve the Constitution, as the framers intended".

While conservatives rejoiced at Amar's endorsement, many Democrats and liberals were dismayed.

"FreedomWorks calls upon Majority Leader McConnell to act swiftly and ensure Kavanaugh is confirmed on the Senate floor".

In his remarks on Monday, Kavanaugh sought to spotlight his bipartisan credentials. He said a majority of his clerks have been women.

Observers believe if Special Counsel Robert Mueller tries to compel the president to testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation, or even bring charges against the president, the issue will go all the way to the Supreme Court, which could return to its 5-4 conservative majority if Kavanaugh is confirmed.