Leahy: Trump's Supreme Court Pick 'More Than Frightening'

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FILE - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell greets Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 10, 2018. Judges are required by law to submit financial disclosures. The two have supported access to abortion services, and activists have already begun sending wire coat hangers, as a symbol of an era when abortion was illegal, to Collins' office. Trump could run into the same problem if Democrats re-take control of the Senate in November.

Compared to their initial attacks on Kavanaugh, Democrats are putting less stress in recent days on the possibility that he could threaten Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision supporting abortion rights.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate - but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) isn't expected to vote due to medical issues that make it hard for him to travel to Capitol Hill. "The old dodge of stare decisis has been thrown out the window because Justice [John] Roberts, Justice [Samuel] Alito [Jr.] and Justice [Neil] Gorsuch claimed they would follow precedent and the minute they got on the court they did not".

Kavanaugh's required disclosure forms deal in broad ranges, so it's hard to get an accurate picture of his financial situation (with good Nationals seasons tickets running as much as $6,000 Kavanaugh could have been buying tickets for ten friends, or almost three dozen). "It's not. And Brett understands that". "That would certainly be on the table", said Frances Lee, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland who studies Congress.

Opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee took a unusual turn when some made a decision to attack him for his first name, Brett.


Kavanaugh said he has worked as a school tutor for struggling kids.

"We'll try to do what we can to accommodate everybody's interest", he said.

Kavanaugh can't be let off the hook just because his now widely read 2009 Minnesota Law Review article suggested that presidents should be protected by congressional action, not the courts.

Click the video above to watch our complete interview with Starr. "It didn't matter what I thought or what Brett thought in particular". As special counsel Robert Mueller investigates whether Trump and his campaign were involved with Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Leahy said the independence of federal courts is as important as ever.

WEDDINGTON: Well, my guess is that someone like Kavanaugh would write an opinion basically saying there is no right of privacy.


The last president to fill more than two Supreme Court vacancies was Ronald Reagan, who filled three.

"It really depends on what issues stand out in the hearings, so I think that will probably or could possibly play in her favor as how she can either gain votes on the state level, but then, of course, hurt what she wants on the national level", Springer said.

"We should be very concerned that this nominee has been vetted by the Heritage Foundation, whose goal is to repeal the ACA and the protections it provides", Sen. "He cared about the details".

Around eight months later, Kavanaugh got involved in another contentious case in Florida. "If we said something, by golly, we needed to dig back through the boxes of grand jury transcripts to make sure that's exactly what was said". That comes after both of them indicated, in the lead-up to Trump's announcement, that they couldn't be counted on to vote for the president's nominee. Well, frankly, I don't care what he thinks. And, he has been part of some highly disputed legal cases. "That doesn't mean he's not a highly qualified, honest, ethical guy", he said.

Leaving the Russian Federation issue aside, Covington predicted that a Justice Kavanaugh would be more solidly conservative than Justice Kennedy, putting Chief Justice John Roberts in the position of the swing vote.


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