US senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

US senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tell Democrats that if they want to have a Supreme Court pick, they should "WIN ELECTIONS!" Probably the death of a justice. Murkowski said last week that the 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion will be a "significant factor" in her decision on how to vote. "In that case, I say moms of three or more kids ought to be able to murder at will". In 1987, Judge Robert H. Bork, a Supreme Court nominee of Ronald Reagan's who ultimately did not get confirmed, was questioned extensively about his role in dismissing Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating President Richard M. Nixon.

That hasn't stopped Trump and others from predicting more openings. Tina Smith, D-Minn., said from the Supreme Court steps Monday night. Franklin Roosevelt, with his unparalleled four terms as president, made nine.

But: Donnelly has also demonstrated a willingness to vote against Trump on big votes, like the tax bill.

"This August 26th, Americans will stand united in commitment for our freedom and our future to tell the U.S. Senate that they must vote to block Judge Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court".

"Congress might consider a law exempting a President-while in office-from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel", he wrote. Kavanaugh served in the Bush administration, including as the president's staff secretary. The others are Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the only former trial judge.

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination.

In 2016, Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to hold a hearing for then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, for almost a year, saying that Obama's successor make the choice.

That insider status can help Kavanaugh win over the Washington elite and secure enough Senate votes to avoid an embarrassing loss for Trump.

"In the wake of what happened with Merrick Garland, Democrats would feel justified in refusing to seat another Trump appointee".

The senator added that "President Trump could nominate George Washington and they would all be up in arms".

And five justices, including the now-retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, declared in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. "This process is not on the level", Fallon said, referring to the Democratic senator's quick rejection of any Trump nominee. Breyer, who turns 80 in August, was asked last week during an appearance in Colorado if he was contemplating retirement.

The opposite is true of Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was already talking as though a third Trump nominee is assured. So, moving the median to the right will shift the ideological position of the majority coalition on many cases.

Hatch didn't theorize when that might be, but Trump noted on the campaign trail that Scalia's death was "a surprise".

Kavanaugh argued that even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation are time-consuming and distracting, adding that a president who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is nearly inevitably going to do a worse job. "But they didn't think him and all of a sudden he's gone".