Senators From New York And Connecticut Lead Charge Against Kavanaugh

Trump I didn't ask Kavanaugh about his views on abortion

Trump I didn't ask Kavanaugh about his views on abortion

It was originally reported by Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle on July 10, 2018.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, enough to confirm a Supreme Court nominee without any Democratic votes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the first to meet with Kavanaugh, along with Vice President Mike Pence and Kavanaugh's "sherpa" throughout the confirmation process, former Arizona GOP Sen.

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

She said Tuesday the Supreme Court makes decisions about "about who you can marry, about where you can work, about if you can vote, and in the case of my grandpa, who worked 1,500 feet underground in the mines his whole life, about if his workplace was safe". And the spectre of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe will hang over the confirmation into the fall.

President Trump has picked Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for Supreme Court justice. Still, Leahy doesn't talk as though Senate confirmation is a done deal.

Democrats' latest rallying cry is the protection of pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act, which the Trump administration is no longer defending in a lawsuit launched by Republican Party attorneys general.

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.

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"I am here tonight because I'm a United States senator", Sen.

"This is about replacing the authority of government - putting the government's authority ahead of the authority of a woman to make a decision about her own body and her future", Harris said at a news conference Tuesday.

"We don't tend to demand recusal of judges because they've previously written about the substantive legal questions", he said. "That's why you have a judge". That's because Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Kavanaugh would succeed, typically voted in favour of business interests.

The question heading into the midterms, say strategists, comes down to who is more motivated -the conservatives eager to support Kavanaugh or the liberals who are fiercely opposed.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to the Women's March statement as proof that he was correct when he said Sunday that Trump "could nominate George Washington and the left would go insane".

For decades, Supreme Court battles have motivated the GOP's socially conservative base far more than Democrats. "One of many big factors".

Striking down Roe would immediately outlaw abortion in states where pre-Roe anti-abortion laws are technically still on the books.

Kavanaugh is unlikely to offer any explicit reassurances on the challenges to abortion rights that the Supreme Court receives each year.

Kavanaugh spent 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and has a record of more conservative rulings on environmental cases, favoring industry over regulators especially in cases related to greenhouse gas emissions.

"That exchange doesn't happen".

Americans for Prosperity, a group allied with the Koch brothers that has given a modest donation to Heitkamp, said it's spending seven figures to sway swing-state senators to back Kavanaugh. But more often than not it's not wholly definitive.

The libertarian-leaning Paul is never one to give up his vote easily. As a fifth justice in that camp, Kavanaugh could help in keeping ours a free, fair, lasting and solid republic in which oppression is defeated and ideological idiocies are still voiced but not in charge.

Paul has always been against sweeping collection of data from USA spy agencies, even briefly shutting down portions of the Patriot Act in 2015.

"Government must keep its hands off the editorial decisions of Internet service providers", Kavanaugh wrote.

"Critical national security need outweighs the impact on privacy occasioned by this programme".

Civil asset forfeiture puts hundreds of millions of dollars into state and federal coffers every year.

Paul tweeted that he will look into Kavanaugh's record "with an open mind".

"I don't have anything right now", he said as he left a Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

Democrats are also raising red flags over Kavanaugh's past writing that suggests investigations of sitting presidents are a distraction to executive branch leadership.

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"Congress might consider a law exempting a President-while in office-from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel", he wrote.