Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Sullivan meets Supreme Court nominee and says he’ll vote to confirm him

Sullivan meets Supreme Court nominee and says he’ll vote to confirm him

Heitkamp also presented the clearest outline of any Democrat on this list for what she wants to see in a Supreme Court justice: "a true nonideological jurist" in the mold of Kennedy, she has said. A simple majority is required.

It is noteworthy that the nominee once served as a law clerk to Kennedy, who was a swing vote on the nine-member court on key issues, including abortion and gay rights.

Still, with gun control advocates mobilized following February's deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the court may instead take aim at more modest measures, like one that may be headed to the justices from New York City this fall.

It was a much different message than those issued by many Senate Democrats representing blue states, typified in Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) response to the nomination.

While Kavanaugh, 53, was framed as the more "establishment" conservative pick of the other candidates, various Republicans had phoned Trump last week to voice their objections over his potential nomination, including about a 2011 opinion where he declined to rule the Obamacare health insurance mandate as unconstitutional. And, he has been part of some highly disputed legal cases. But after serving in the administration of President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh's opinion changed. "We call it an attempt to bork the nominee", McConnell said.

He said his committee will examine the 300 cases Kavanaugh has made decisions in before bringing the nomination to a vote in the full Senate.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right, meets with Sen.

The Supreme Court last issued a major decision on gun control in the case referenced above, Heller v. D.C. Rob Portman talk about Kavanaugh's qualifications before a meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 11, 2018 in Washington. "He will get a lot of questions from senators of both parties that reach into his background, and then they'll delve into the Minnesota Law Review article and try to figure out how this will play out going forward", Covington said. Do they think if they blocked Kavanaugh, Trump would name a moderate?

On the other hand, Cornyn said, Trump should be congratulated for nominating somebody whose record is so long that "people can evaluate on their own, fairly".

"Any judge who demonstrated hostility to Roe would not be a person that I could vote for". Here, he shares insights into how likely a Kavanaugh confirmation is, and how his appointment might affect the Court.

They're mostly conservatives and have been embraced by the GOP majority in the Senate. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority.

Justice Anthony Kennedy opened up a seat on the court by announcing his retirement June 27. But gun rights advocates are hoping Judge Brett Kavanaugh - if confirmed - would help push the court back into the fray.

Like this: