Brett Kavanaugh Supported Broad Leeway For Presidents In Lawsuits, Investigations

Trump's Hollywood critics line up against Kavanaugh

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"In your opinions, demonstrate civility - to show, to help display that you're trying to make the decision impartially, dispassionately, based on the law and not based on your emotions".

Compared to some of Trump's other options, Kavanaugh is "more of a moderate conservative", McDaniel said: he is a textualist and originalist, but also says he would adhere to precedent.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY. Others have seen an even deeper ulterior motive in the choice of a man who is seen as a Bush loyalist, a fact that should have put off Trump: Kavanaugh sees the United States presidency as such a unique and challenging job that he believes the White House occupant should be shielded from indictment, prosecution, or interrogation while in office. This is one reason that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reportedly tried to nudge POTUS away from naming him.

Sen. Angus King (I): "It's troubling that the president's search for a potential Supreme Court justice seemed to start and end with a list of names supplied by an outside group". Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Jacobs wrote that Kavanaugh's use of the century-and-a-half-old law validated the Obama administration's argument before the Supreme Court that the mandate was legal since it was a tax.

Jones' position could be critical to Kavanaugh's confirmation as the Republicans hold only a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said. It turns out, Kavanaugh has essentially nothing in his court opinion history addressing the issue. This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year. Kavanaugh is Trump's second nominee, giving the president a chance to solidify conservative control of the court for years to come.

The president has also been wooing red-state Democrats as a kind of insurance policy.

And so did the Senate's other two most endangered Democrats, Sens.

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Meanwhile, Republicans are hoping Kavanaugh can earn bipartisan support and are seeking to woo Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump won easily in 2016, such as Joe Donnelly of in and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch.

As of Tuesday, only one Senate Democrat up for re-election in a state that Trump won has announced that he's a no vote: Sen.

And Kentucky Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, moderate Republicans both - were coy when asked on Tuesday for their thoughts on Kavanaugh. As soon as he announced his retirement plans in late June, Democrats and liberal groups mobilized, saying another Trump appointee would threaten Roe as well as the 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and scores of other decisions that have shaped modern America.

"In no event should this nominee be considered until Congress reviews Special Counsel Mueller's report regarding likely Trump collusion with the Russians and obstruction of justice", he said on Twitter.

"The ramifications of this battle will last a generation or more". The Senate voted to save the rule but the House never took up the measure.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday that Kavanaugh's selection would put healthcare protections in the ACA, such as protections for people with preexisting conditions, "at grave, grave risk" and said people should demand a justice to "protect our healthcare, not strike it down". But the president in recent days seemed to narrow his shortlist for the court down to two other appellate judges, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman.

"I think that the court is going to incrementally move to the right - I don't think it's going to be huge and dramatic", he said.

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