UI prof who worked with nominee: Kavanaugh 'a good guy, very smart'

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

Trump announced his pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Monday night.

Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support.

Democrats are going to build a grandstand from which they will try to block the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. A simple majority is required.

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, battling for reelection in a state Trump won in 2016, in a statement on Kavanaugh's nomination, said the "Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare". Indeed, many commentators have argued that the president "outsourced" the decision to the Federalist Society entirely. Speaking to reporters, Hatch said he assumed that one of the finalists for the position this time around, appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, would be chosen "next time".

McConnell, who has been influential in shaping Trump's remaking of the judiciary, said, "What we'd like to see is a few open minds about this extraordinary talent".

While Kavanaugh has an impressive and lengthy resume in government and federal judicial service, he is just 53 years old, meaning that if he's confirmed, he could influence the court's direction for decades to come. And, he has been part of some highly disputed legal cases.

It's likely to turn into a Kavan-off: A battle to outdo one another in coming up with the most devastating attacks or the best sound-bite explanations for opposition. Kavanaugh also clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy before acting as an aide to former President George W. Bush. That opinion is not shocking, it's held by many legal experts, Republican and Democrat, alike.

"What their plans are down the road is their business, but you know this is an opportunity for them both to raise their profile, but also really help win this issue for Democrats, which is important both substantively and politically", said Brad Woodhouse, campaign director of Protect Our Care, which is fighting the Kavanaugh nomination.

Referencing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's successful push to hold off the Supreme Court confirmation until after the 2016 election, Peters said McConnell is "not being consistent with his views" and should give senators adequate time to consider the nomination before the midterm elections this fall.

"Judge Kavanaugh has written some troubling things about environmental protections, consumer protections, commonsense gun safety laws - all of which should be carefully examined by this Senate and by the American people", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

In a press conference, Democratic senators took aim at Kavanaugh and criticized his rulings on hot-button issues like reproductive rights.

Like many judges, he's often dodged on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case affirming the right to privacy and access to abortion.

"I think it will be a very noisy confirmation process", he said.

Trump said Monday he picked Kavanaugh for his "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination. He described how his mother was a trailblazer who went to law school and later became a trial judge.

The GOP leadership in the Senate hopes to complete the confirmation process in time for the high court's next session that starts October 1.

A "thorough" review of Kavanaugh's paper trail is exactly what anxious Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, about Kavanaugh, given the appeals court judge has decades of political and legal opinions in which senators on the fence could probably find something not to like.

Various media organizations have speculated U.S. Sen.

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