Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh visits Capitol Hill as activists gird for battle

A Closely Examined Kavanaugh Law Review Piece from 2009

Pro-choice and LGBT advocates assembled Thursday in front of the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee to urge that Brett Kavanaugh be rejected as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The letter criticizes the jurist's record.

Baldwin said that "powerful special interests in Washington" selected Kavanaugh, not the people of Wisconsin. The letter states 'We write today as Yale Law students, alumni, and educators ashamed of our alma mater.

"I certainly hope that the Senate moves quickly and decisively to confirm him, as I have every confidence that Judge Kavanaugh will continue to serve our nation faithfully and maintain the honor and dignity of the Supreme Court".

Former Clerk for Judge Kavanaugh Hagan Scotten and former Clerk for Justice Scalia Ed Whelan on how much pushback Judge Kavanaugh will receive from Democrats.

"Most of the court's business cases are not 5-4", said Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, referring to the narrow votes that often emerge in contentious cases. Kennedy, though a conservative, was a swing vote on the U.S. Supreme Court many times and will be retired effectively as of July 31, 2018. He argued that Kavanaugh "has a long-established view that a president should not be subject to civil litigation or criminal investigation while in office", and therefore it "should raise a red flag" on his nomination. Kavanaugh now serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and previously worked under Ken Starr and in President George W. Bush's administration.

"I'm concerned about getting into a trade war, and it seems like we may actually be in the early stages of it", he said.

"A number of our Democratic colleagues could not even wait until the president's announcement last night before launching attacks on his nominee", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

In his 2006 confirmation hearing to become a federal judge, he said, "I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully" because it's "binding precedent" that has been "reaffirmed many times".

It appears that if confirmed, Kavanaugh would be the least wealthy justice.

"As a point of comparison, look at Bob Casey who is also up for re-election in the Trump-won state of Pennsylvania". With the Florida votes still undecided in December because of a state-mandated recount due to the razor-thin margin of the election results, Kavanaugh joined Bush's legal team, which was trying to stop the ballot recount in the state.

"In employment discrimination claims, Judge Kavanaugh's opinions over the years typically favored the employer", Michael Lotito, a lawyer at Littler, an employer law firm, wrote Monday.

Texas' legal fight with the Clean Air Act, welfare, environmental protection and gay rights have made it to the Supreme Court.

"It's especially a level of concern when he's going to have a feeling of debt and gratitude to the president that just nominated him", Connecticut Sen.



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