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Abortion rights under threat with Trump's new Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

11 July 2018

If Democrats can convince voters in red states that Kavanaugh is a threat to Obama-era health care, they might be able to peel off the one or two GOP votes needed to sink Kavanaugh's nomination.

Justin Walker, a law professor at the University of Louisville who clerked for both Kavanaugh and Kennedy, said Kavanaugh will "never, ever go wobbly" and deviate from conservative principles.

Trump also took a somber and relatively measured approach to the announcement tonight.

The on-the-fence Democrats ignored calls by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to present a united Democratic front against Kavanaugh's nomination.

"Judge Kavanaugh's background as a partisan political operative seems exactly like the kind of man President Trump would want on the Supreme Court if legal issues from the Mueller probe arise: deferential to a fault to executive authority, and with a long track record of partisan politics", Schumer said Tuesday. "The most important thing we can do".

Democrats could bring Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process to a halt with one simple demand - his paperwork.

Alabamians will be hearing a lot about Kavanaugh in the coming days.

Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets.

The ad will be a bio spot about Kavanaugh, JCN said Monday night.

A right-leaning Supreme Court would be one of Trump's lasting legacies and highly prized gift to his conservative base after he a year ago delivered his first Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch. As a young attorney in prosecutor Kenneth Starr's office, he was the lead author of the salacious Starr Report calling for president Bill Clinton's impeachment, and represented George W. Bush in the Florida vote recount that awarded the 2000 election to Bush. In her statement, she said President Trump's nomination was a "destructive tool on a generation of progress for workers, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color and families" and that it was to "radically reverse the course of American justice and democracy".

But from a legal and constitutional perspective, Kavanaugh wasn't saying that the courts should find that the president shouldn't be investigated or indicted. Since 2006, he has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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NOM and other conservative groups have launched massive lobbying operations in favour of Kavanaugh, who was vetted by the anti-LGBT Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society, both of whom have strongly opposed anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

Similar sentiments were shared by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks.

A divided Supreme Court ultimately upheld that mandate as a tax. "Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee".

The Senate will now vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Democrats plan to pressure two moderate Senate Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, to oppose the nomination.

"It frankly makes being a member of Congress or the judiciary look rather easy by comparison", Kavanaugh wrote.

The senator had stumped publicly for her and called her an outstanding judge.

"I make no apologies about supporting the president in the general election and to this point", he said.

The millions of documents can be requested by Senate Democrats and would take time for the National Archives, the federal court system and other stake holders to compile, meaning a confirmation hearing before the Senate leaves for August recess would be unlikely.

However, at 9:30 p.m., shortly after she had spoken with Sean Hannity about the Kavanaugh pick, she tweeted she felt "threatened" and later said she was returning to the studio.

Abortion rights under threat with Trump's new Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh