Sen. Doug Jones vows 'independent review' of Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 11, 2018

With President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee revealed, pro-life activists are now turning their attention to attempting to discern Judge Brett Kavanaugh's likelihood of voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, which made America one of the most liberal abortion regimes in the world.

Many Democrats fear that Kavanaugh's conservative credentials - in a bench that is now tied 4-4 between liberal and conservative justices- will tilt the court right for the foreseeable future, allowing a rewriting of everything from hard won rights on abortion to same-sex marriage. Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future. I am inclined to take him at his word that he would find a nominee who meets his criteria - but his standards and mine are vastly different on these topics. "What matters is not a judge's political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require".

"It is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court". The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

Kavanaugh made a reference to his experience with the Starr Report, which said that president Bill Clinton lied under oath in Clinton vs. Jones regarding his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, obstructed justice, and refused to testify. He is a Yale Law School graduate.

On abortion, Kavanaugh voted in October to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody. "The Trump administration has already gone to court to strike down health care protections for pre-existing conditions, so she either stops them from having a judge who could tip the balance or she lets it happen".

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In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing. Chief Justice Warren Burger, who delivered the opinion, had been appointed by Nixon in 1969 and was considered a conservative. Rand Paul of Kentucky had expressed concerns but tweeted that he looked forward to meeting with Kavanaugh "with an open mind". Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority of 50 votes for confirmation; there are 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, but Sen.

Kennedy's position in the court's center guarantees a fierce confirmation fight. "I am concerned that Judge Kavanaugh's history of contradictions would cloud his judgment on issues pertaining to the investigation into the president and make uncertain his likely claims to defend previous court precedents".

Republicans and Democrats are at odds over Kavanaugh and with the Senate closely divided, his path to confirmation is treacherous. He and Alexander both voted in favor of Trump's last pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

McConnell said Kavanaugh was an "outstanding nomination". The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation. And if it does become a party-line vote, Democrats will be forced to choose between (a) taking a dive and thereby angering the many rank-and-file members of their party who rightly fear Kavanaugh will, among other bad things, represent the fifth SCOTUS vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, or (b) placing pressure on their own Senate Conference to cast a futile vote against Kavanaugh, including several very vulnerable red-state senators who might thereby succumb to Republicans in November. Murkowski said, after a reporter asked her if any GOP members could afford to vote against the nominee.

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