When Kavanaugh came to the microphone, he laid out his judicial philosophy, saying a judge “must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law” and interpret “the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent”. “And a President who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is nearly inevitably going to do a worse job as President”, Kavanaugh wrote.
Kavanaugh, 53, is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.
Judge Kavanaugh, who once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man Trump tapped him to replace, has sat on the D.C. Circuit, which plays a pivotal role in the litigation affecting the workings of the federal government, for more than 12 years. He was appointed to that post by President George W. Bush, after serving as Bush’s White House staff secretary.
On Monday evening, Kavanaugh said he was “humbled” to have been selected by Trump.
Kavanaugh’s experience includes assisting Bush in the historic 2000 Florida recount that saw the Texas governor confirmed President of the United States by the Supreme Court over Al Gore in the landmark Bush v. Gore decision. Trump also praised Kavanaugh’s dedication to tutoring children in local elementary schools and coaching his daughters on their basketball team.
President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, in a primetime televised event.
But Schumer and other Democrats based their opposition in large part on fears that Kavanaugh would band together with the court’s four conservative justices to restrict abortion rights and further undermine the Affordable Care Act.
Cornyn says Democrats have pledged to stop the nominee at all costs, but “we will see President Trump’s nominee confirmed on a timely basis”.
He co-wrote the Starr Report on which the impeachment.
That kind of thinking could prove helpful to Trump, who has been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment, as well as possible obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation probe now being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Rand Paul of Kentucky had expressed concerns but tweeted that he looked forward to meeting with Kavanaugh “with an open mind”. An online syllabus for his Winter 2018 course, “The Supreme Court”, describes its focus as the “important Supreme Court opinions that have been issued since 2005 when John Roberts became Chief Justice”.
During an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline”, Capito said she wants Trump to nominate a judge similar to Gorsuch, who she voted to confirm previous year.
Kavanaugh will have the help of an ad campaign sponsored by conservatives to convince colleagues and citizens. The Casey court did impose some restrictions on abortion rights and Democrats worry that overruling Roe will hurt women. “I support President Trump’s nominee, and I hope the Senate will move expeditiously to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, a high quality and uniquely qualified nominee”.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said opponents were using “40-year-old scare tactics” over abortion and other issues but they “will not stop us from doing the right thing”. No one who criticized Kavanaugh from the right is likely to challenge his confirmation.
Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, says it’s “extremely disappointing” that some Democrats have made clear they’ll oppose the nominee even before the president announces his choice.