Questions about Kavanaugh temper enthusiasm for Trump pick

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court
President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court. Alex Brandon AP
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13 July, 2018

Republicans control the chamber, and they are eager to play a role in firming up the court's conservative majority to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote.

A "thorough" review of Kavanaugh's paper trail is exactly what anxious Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, about Kavanaugh, given the appeals court judge has decades of political and legal opinions in which senators on the fence could probably find something not to like.

Democrats are anxious that Kavanaugh will join with the court's other four conservative members to reverse legalized abortion in the United States.

"There's a potential here for things to get really snarled", he said, adding he believes the Senate should hold off on a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh until all the documents are reviewed.

Tucson lawyer Paul Gattone has practiced as a civil rights attorney for nearly 30 years in the Old Pueblo.

Kavanaugh will be able to collect his full judicial salary as a pension if he serves until age 68, MarketWatch reports. "He's expressed hostility to the Affordable Care Act, he's expressed hostility towards worker's rights and the rights of people to organize. It's become such a politicized process by the Democrats, I have to say, and even some Republicans that who knows". "I can personally attest that, in addition to his government and judicial service, Judge Kavanaugh has been a longtime friend to many of us in the Yale Law School community". They can't afford to lose one vote over this nomination fight.

"It seems to be that if you are running for president on the Democratic side in 2020 or thinking about it, you have to prove you are the most insane person when it comes to Trump nominees", Graham said in the interview with Fox host Martha MacCallum.

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Democrats intend to press the issue at Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings to persuade their colleagues to vote against him.

The second scenario is like the first, except with one or two Republicans opposing Kavanaugh, thereby putting Democratic senators in Republican states in the hot seat.

Did Schumer and Pelosi really think Trump was going to nominate a moderate?

He went so far as to say that Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision giving women the right to abortion, would be overturned as a result of the justices he appoints.

Kavanaugh, a federal appellate court judge in Washington, D.C., dissented in a recent ruling that allowed a 17-year-old detainee in an immigration facility to obtain an abortion. Since this case, the Supreme Court has not taken a case related to gun control, despite having opportunities to do so. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in an effort to overcome the GOP's slim Senate majority.

The Supreme Court is actually majority Catholic. About 10 key senators - two or three Republicans and a half dozen Democrats - are facing intense pressure over their votes.


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