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How Supreme Court Justices Align With Their Presidents

How Supreme Court Justices Align With Their Presidents

A partisan divide over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh deepened Wednesday, with Republican senators extolling his judicial record while Democrats demanded time to thoroughly vet his writings and opinions on matters ranging from environmental regulation to executive authority.

In announcing Kavanaugh's nomination Monday night, President Donald Trump said he was impressed with the judge's academic credentials. The panel will launch confirmation hearings later this summer.

The largest paper in Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, published a view from its editorial board that "If one were to create an ideal résumé for the position of Supreme Court justice, it would not look terribly different from Brett Michael Kavanaugh's curriculum vitae".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to the Women's March statement as proof that he was correct when he said Sunday that Trump "could nominate George Washington and the left would go insane".

Democrats, as the Senate minority, have few options to block Kavanaugh. Aides say it could take weeks to assemble those materials. Kavanaugh endorsed the administration's effort to block the procedure, at least until the girl could obtain a sponsor, a process that could have taken weeks and made it more hard to terminate the pregnancy.

But Carrie Severino, chief counsel for Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group, drew a different Nixon parallel, noting that of four justices appointed by Nixon, three - Warren E. Burger, Harry A. Blackmun and Lewis F. Powell Jr. - sat on US v. Nixon, the case in which the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to comply with a subpoena - and joined the unanimous decision against the president.

Local politicians, activists and others participate in a protest in Union Square to support a woman's right to choose and to denounce President Donald Trump's selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, 2018, in New York City.

Questions of this nature could end up being decided by the court in the coming months, as Trump is a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible role in it.

"The American people should have their eyes wide open to these stakes", said Sen. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Troy Covington, counsel at Bloom Parham and a legal expert, spoke to Business Insider about what issues will come up in Kavanaugh's confirmation and how the judge could influence the court.




Without including homes, Kavanaugh would rank at the bottom of disclosed assets among the justices by a considerable margin, according to a review of 2017 disclosures listed on Fix the Court, a website dedicated to greater transparency in the judiciary branch.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the first to meet with Kavanaugh, along with Vice President Mike Pence and Kavanaugh's "sherpa" throughout the confirmation process, former Arizona GOP Sen. "A thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's body of work will be critical for the Senate to fulfill its shared responsibility-which I take very seriously".

Both sides have begun airing ads and mobilizing voters for a long summer confirmation battle that will stretch into the fall. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority. "Every Democrat voted against repeal of the ACA".

Trump's choice was met with predictable reactions from Republicans and Democrats.

Manchin is one of five Senate Democrats trying to get reelected in November in a state Trump won by double digits. That group includes Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Sen.

The rest of the law would nearly certainly remain intact even if the mandate were struck down, experts say, since Congress repealed the penalty for violating the mandate previous year while leaving the rest of the law in place.

Republicans are pushing back, accusing Democrats of distorting the judge's words.

A liberal group, Demand Justice, has promised its own $5 million ad campaign to defeat Kavanaugh, focused on Democratic senators from Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia and Republicans from ME and Alaska. "Again, social policy shouldn't be advanced by the court".

Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support.

A Supreme Court fight is already a nightmare for these vulnerable Democrats.