Republican, Democrat weigh in on Trump SCOTUS pick
Jul 12 2018 by Lorena Waters
Before his tenure on the D.C Circuit, Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy - who has always been regarded as the swing vote on the Supreme Court between its originalist and living Constitution wings.
But his work on President Bill Clinton's impeachment, his close ties to President George W. Bush and his ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law, which he opposed on procedural rather than broader legal grounds, have raised concerns among some conservatives. That's about one verdict every 30 seconds - a rapid-fire pace that lawyers, and even one judge, say is probably too fast for defendants to understand, BuzzFeed News reports.
Trump, in a televised remark from the East Room of the White House, praised Kavanaugh's "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", reported Fox News. His addition last fall to the list of potential Supreme Court nominees was seen by many as a way to make Kennedy more comfortable about retiring.
Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen. Drawing on his experience working on the Clinton investigation and then in the Bush White House, he wrote in a 2009 law review article that he favored exempting presidents from facing both civil suits and criminal investigations, including indictment, while in office.
The nomination is Trump's second to the nation's highest court, a rare presidential privilege that could seal a key part of Trump's legacy less than two years into his first term.
The appointment will not change the ideological breakdown of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but nevertheless could move the court to the right.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah also weighed in on Casey's statement, tweeting that the senator's opposition comes as no surprise. Kavanaugh's evolved view on the subject could have implications for President Trump. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49. John McCain has been absent as he battles brain cancer. Those Trump-voting states are all home to Democratic senators who will face intense pressure to support the President's nominee. In an ad running in red states represented by Democrats, the Judicial Crisis Network's messaging closely resembles Leo's; it suggests generically that Democrats should let Trump confirm "another great justice" who would respect the Constitution. Democratic senators serving in Republican-leaning states including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of in and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota made similar remarks, though top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer blasted Trump's pick.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, issued a statement. Heidi Heitkamp - voted "yes" on the confirmation of his first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation.
"If Americans believe in a woman's right to make her own reproductive choices, and that health insurance companies shouldn't be able to charge people more based on pre-existing conditions, now is the time to fight", Schumer said. In fact, no senator concerned about our Court being radically reshaped can vote to confirm this nominee.
The trouble with this, as the left is now acknowledging with horror, is that just as houses built upon sand will inevitably crumble, precedents built upon hopes and wishes must fall when confronted by judges with enough intellectual honesty to admit that the actual language of the Constitution can not support them.
In 2006 - after a grueling three-year confirmation process - Kavanaugh was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. "I take my responsibility of "advice and consent" very seriously and look forward to the Judiciary Committee's thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's record".