Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation will set off a major political battle

Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation will set off a major political battle

A pre-written - and poorly edited - statement from the Women's March on President Trump's Supreme Court nomination became the subject of mockery on Twitter on Monday night, including from Mr. Trump's former press secretary.

President Donald Trump made final preparations Monday to nominate a Supreme Court justice who could shift the court further to the right for decades, a closely held decision that appeared to boil down to appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman.

Kavanaugh, 53, has served as judge since 2006, on the US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. Hardiman, 52, who was also appointed by Bush, serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

A senior White House official says Trump called Kavanaugh on Sunday evening to inform him that he was his choice to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

He later wrote in a Minnesota Law Review article, that sitting presidents should receive temporary deferral of civil suits and of criminal prosecutions and investigations, saying they are "time-consuming and distracting".

Since his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh has not ruled in any cases involving abortion or gay so-called marriage, something conservatives hope the Supreme Court will revisit.

Capito said on "Talkline" she should have said presidential election. Kavanaugh has ties to the Bush family, which has often drawn ire from Trump, but he has investigated the Clintons and recommended the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

In preparing for the unveiling, Trump aides are inviting senators who will vote on the nominee to the White House ceremony, including moderate Democrats who will be targeted as possible yes votes. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California.

But her voting record shows that Collins has supported all of Trump's judicial nominees, including John Kenneth Bush, Trump's nominee for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals who once described slavery and abortion as the "two greatest tragedies in our country" and compared Roe v. Wade to the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that ruled slaves could not be USA citizens. And he also led the investigation into the mysterious suicide of Clinton's deputy White House counsel, Vince Foster. She needs to make it through a closed primary, in which only Republicans can vote, for her reelection bid in 2020, making opposing Trump risky.

The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised to push for confirmation with similar speed. Given the Republican's slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, the conservative seemingly already has the numbers to take Kennedy's seat.

Kennedy had voted to preserve the core principles of the high court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. In most of those cases, Collins supported a judicial nominee picked by a Democratic president whom her colleagues shunned. Kavanaugh responded that if confirmed, he would "follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully".

Kavanaugh, a former Kennedy clerk, said that he was "deeply honored" to replace the retiring justice. The president of the Supreme Court Malgorzata Gersdorf, who is 65, has refused to resign, declaring: "I'm doing this to defend the rule of law and to testify to the truth about the line between the Constitution and the violation of the Constitution". Both are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch.

"Fundamentally, it's been a precedent for a long time", she said.

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