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What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle

What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle
Patty Aguilar | 10 July, 2018, 07:43

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who clerked for Kennedy and who now sits on the US court of appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court, emphasized in his remarks accepting the nomination the importance of judicial independence.

Once the president made his announcement, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts took to Twitter to voice her dissent saying she'll "vote no" and "it's time to fight" because the nomination requires a Senate majority vote. "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process will be fair and timely". Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.

Even a cursory review of all the names on the president's list of potential nominees reveals that these men and women represent the best the legal profession has to offer: outstanding education, experience in the position, and well-reasoned decisions that fairly apply the law and the Constitution.

Republicans effectively control 50 Senate seats because Sen.

Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination.

Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all face reelection in the fall in states Trump won.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition.

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right.

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Justice Kennedy sometimes sided with the court's liberal justices on divisive social issues.

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.

Conservative Christians have long vied to overturn that decision, and Mr Trump has previously said he wants "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment.

Presidents weigh all sorts of considerations in deciding on a Supreme Court nominee, often beginning with the big question: Will the choice be confirmed by the Senate? Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. He followed a one-year fellowship in the office of U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr with a clerkship for Justice Anthony Kennedy. He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public. And he also led the investigation into the mysterious suicide of Clinton's deputy White House counsel, Vince Foster. He has quizzed golf partners, visitors to his club at Bedminster, New Jersey, and friends and advisers about how they view the candidates.

It rules on such issues as abortion, the death penalty, voter rights, immigration policy, campaign finance and racial bias in policing.

Donald Trump has nominated a conservative appeals court judge to the U.S. Supreme Court, a move that could open the door to roll-backs of abortion and affirmative action as the right gains a firm majority on the country's highest bench. The court's ruling in her favor was based on a constitutional principle, he wrote, "as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. Government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

"President Trump is now a subject of an ongoing criminal investigation, and any nomination of a Supreme Court justice while that investigation continues is unacceptable because of the clear conflict of interest inherent in the President installing someone who could be the deciding vote on a number of potential issues from that investigation that could come before the Court", Booker added.

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