Graham Warns Dems Against Personal Attacks on Kavanaugh

US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Trump picked U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy, 81, setting up a fight with a divided Senate.

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is going to have enough trouble getting all Red-State Democrats to vote against Kavanaugh, let alone getting any Republicans to vote no.

If confirmed by the Senate, the 53-year old Kavanaugh is poised to remain on the bench for years to come, cementing conservative control in the country's top judicial body. "Stop playing political games and help us #StopKavanaugh". He described how his mother was a trailblazer who went to law school and later became a trial judge.

"And I would say being very strict on interpretation of the Constitution and things like that, that's what impresses me, that's what ought to impress most people, because that's what the Constitution writers meant was that judges were supposed to interpret law", he added.

Antonin Scalia, who served as an associate justice from 1986 to his death in 2016, earned $60,000 in noninvestment income in 2014. Schumer, demands unity: a "no" vote on Kavanaugh.

Democrats have pointed to past Kavanaugh judicial writings as evidence that he believes a president is above the law. He wrote that the best mechanism for checking a president's wrongdoing was through the impeachment process. He said Congress should pass such laws.

He said that Kavanaugh has assets of almost $1 million between the equity in his home and his retirement account. If he gets a "no" vote from all Democrats, he loses seats.

Robert Mueller reportedly is among those who believes a president can not be indicted when in office.

But after serving in the administration of President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh's opinion changed. He was more empathetic to how a prosecution could interfere with presidential duties.

Democrats will continue to argue that Kavanaugh's confirmation imperils Roe V Wade and reproductive rights.

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But for Kavanaugh, the differences are stark between his finances and those of his would-be peers on the Court.

"There are still some uncertainties out there as to how he might rule on Roe v. Wade, how he might rule on other questions and issues dealing with LBGT rights versus religious freedom", Dacus shares. But that didn't stop him from nominating Bush staffer Kavanaugh.

Leonard Leo, Vice President of the Federalist Society, has been called the puppeteer behind Trump's court choices, but that narrative overlooks the influence of McGahn, also a Federalist Society member. "That would be binding precedent of the Court, it's been decided by the Supreme Court".

What were the Democrats thinking?

Off the list now that Kavanaugh is the pick: Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Dean Heller, R-Nevada.

Kavanaugh also appears readier than Gorsuch to finesse relations in the distinct social milieu of the nation's highest court, where the nine are thrown together in closed quarters - for life.

National pundits have speculated that might have been part of Kavanaugh's appeal to President Donald Trump, who is highly critical of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The appointment of Supreme Court justices was once a fairly civil and bipartisan affair: when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated in 1993, Senators voted 96-3 to confirm her. "I don't think he's wired that way", Leipold said. Do they think if they blocked Kavanaugh, Trump would name a moderate?

"There's a concern among activist or progressives that Kavanaugh would basically favor Texas in a lot of lawsuits", he explained.

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