Trump enjoys 'suspense' ahead of Supreme Court announcement

Trump enjoys 'suspense' ahead of Supreme Court announcement

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote who sometimes sided with the court's liberals in key cases.

"Kavanaugh has proven to be a staunch conservative who has relied on originalism and textualism while serving on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit". "He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

Favored by many Republicans for his work with Solicitor General Ken Starr to impeach President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, the Yale graduate also appears to have many critics.

Adam Feldman, author and creator of the Supreme Court blog Empirical SCOTUS, wrote in December that Kavanaugh has written opinions nearly entirely in favor of big businesses and employers in employment disputes, and against defendants in criminal cases.

Signaling the fight ahead on abortion rights, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: "There's no way to sugarcoat it: With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line". Kavanaugh worked in the Bush White House as an associate counsel, Staff Secretary and Assistant to the President. Heidi Heitkamp - voted "yes" on the confirmation of his first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

But her voting record shows that Collins has supported all of Trump's judicial nominees, including John Kenneth Bush, Trump's nominee for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals who once described slavery and abortion as the "two greatest tragedies in our country" and compared Roe v. Wade to the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that ruled slaves could not be U.S. citizens. Dozens of additional nominations are pending - a list that will soon include Trump's second nominee for the highest court in the land. That decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling.

"The president was very impressed with Barrett but said on a number of occasions it might be best to save her for a future vacancy", the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, is a member of the Democratic Party that is expected to provide the resistance to Trump's pick in the Senate's confirmation process.




They are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to wait until after the November election to schedule a hearing and vote.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said.

In the days leading up to Trump's announcement, some conservatives were concerned Mr Kavanaugh would not be far enough to the right on certain issues including abortion and health care.

In an earlier interview on "This Week", Stephanopoulos asked Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the conservative Federalist Society to advise Trump on his Supreme Court pick, about the concern that anyone on Trump's list of potential nominees would oppose Roe v. Wade. Recent presidents have delighted in dramatically revealing the people they have chosen to sit on the Supreme Court.

The Judicial Crisis Network is planning a $1.4 million ad buy in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia - states with moderate Democratic senators who could be pressured to vote for Trump's nominee.

"Fundamentally, it's been a precedent for a long time", she said.

Civil rights leaders were quick to vehemently oppose his nomination, arguing Kavanaugh will be a vote to gut ObamaCare and Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

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