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Would Brett Kavanaugh overturn Roe? Supreme Court pick’s record offers mixed clues

Bill Clinton 1998 Democrats demand access to millions of files on Kavanaugh
Isabel Fisher | 11 July, 2018, 06:59

Jones was among the Democratic lawmakers invited to the announcement at the White House but did not attend. It was released on the Cardinals' Twitter account not long after Trump announced Kavanaugh as his choice Monday night.

Kavanaugh's long record includes his 12 years as a judge with almost 300 written opinions, a multitude of scholarly articles, a paperwork trail from his time in the Bush White House, and thousands of documents from when he served on the Starr investigation.

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.

Assuming Kavanaugh's candidacy receives support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would need a simple majority of Senate votes to be placed on the high court.

As I observed earlier today, the sad reality of the soon-to-be-intense fight over confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court is that if Senate Republicans stick together, he'll be confirmed, period. "And I find that to be troubling". "The most important thing we can do".

Speaking on "Special Report with Bret Baier", Pence said he predicted Kavanaugh would secure a seat on the high court, despite intense opposition from progressive groups and top Democratic senators.

Alabamians will be hearing a lot about Kavanaugh in the coming days. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota. "I've never seen a president act as though the Supreme Court has to be a wing of the White House instead of an independent branch of government", Leahy said in an interview Tuesday. Kavanaugh also led the probe into the suicide of Clinton's Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster.

HRC President Chad Griffin said: "In nominating Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump has followed through on his threat to nominate a justice who would undermine LGBTQ equality, women's reproductive rights and affordable healthcare".


Leahy was referring to Kavanaugh's assertion, in a 2009 article in the Minnesota Law Review, that sitting presidents should not be subject to indictments, civil lawsuits or criminal investigations. "I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible", Kavanaugh wrote.

"Given the potential impact of this nomination, it is essential for the American people and the Senate to fully vet Judge Kavanaugh", American Oversight executive director Austin Evers said. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006. "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".

Similar sentiments were shared by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey commended Trump on the nomination of Kavanaugh.

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella coalition of more than 200 civil rights organisations in the USA, likened Kavanaugh to Trump, a property tycoon, saying "he would protect the rights of the wealthy and powerful over the rights of all". Her reasons included the judge's support for "rulings and legal theories that justify allowing public money being funneled into religious institutions".

"Like Neil Gorsuch before him, Kavanaugh is an ideologically driven pick designed to create an activist Supreme Court that will undermine rights and protections for women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and all vulnerable people".

Kavanaugh, for his part, said, "I revere the [U.S.] Constitution".

Updated today, July 9, 2018, at 9:19 p.m. with new information throughout.

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