"We won the 'Brett Kavanaugh Derby, ' as we called it, because he was very heavily recruited", said Starr. Will he protect women's freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions? And I am afraid that's the future when it comes to confirming judges.
The late-night personality admittedly didn't know much about Kavanaugh, but he suspected Trump might have mistaken him for Celebrity Apprentice winner/Rock of Love star/Poison band member Bret Michaels, since Kavanaugh's middle name is Michael.
Kavanaugh still lives in the D.C. area, raising his kids in the Maryland suburbs just miles from the White House. The Democrats' left-wing base will demand that they vote "no" on Kavanaugh, while the trio's pro-Trump constituents will demand they vote "yes". "The American public deserves to know what Kavanaugh saw and heard, and if he did witness or hear about any harassment, what he did or could have done to report it".
"We are concerned that Judge Kavanaugh's judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nation's highest court", Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL's CEO and national director, said in a statement.
"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", said Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his speech accepting the nomination to replace his former boss Anthony Kennedy as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.
While Collins has praised Kavanaugh's "impressive credentials", which include a dozen years as a federal judge, she said she would vote against any nominee who is "hostile" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that cemented the legality of abortions nationwide. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges. "Critics on the Right have pointed out that while Kavanaugh is undoubtedly brilliant and conservative, he seems to be something of a judicial politician". He supported releasing the girl to a sponsor, where she could obtain an abortion if she chose to do so and leave the government out of it.
The focus is on GOP Sens.
Republican Senator Susan Collins, a moderate and a key swing vote in the Senate, has signaled concern about Kavanaugh and abortion, but also about healthcare. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room.
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Obviously, dramatic news about Kavanaugh's record or values that proves disqualifying would change the nature of the confirmation process.
Democrats are increasingly critical of Kavanaugh - in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the campaign's collusion with Russian Federation - for once penning an article saying presidents shouldn't face investigations and lawsuits, calling them "time-consuming and distracting", the Dallas Morning News reported.
Still, this is the reality on Kavanaugh, according to Schoen: "Even if every Democrat votes against Kavanaugh, he will still be confirmed if no Republican votes against him". Susan Collins, of ME, a supporter of abortion rights who represents a mostly blue state - ME is able to split its electoral college votes, with one district consistently blue and the second a battleground. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.
The report took a more liberal approach to the definition of obstruction of justice, but after seeing the toll that investigations can take on presidents, Kavanaugh rescinded his approach and now argues that presidents should be exempt from criminal prosecutions and civil suits.
The last president to fill more than two Supreme Court vacancies was Ronald Reagan, who filled three.
Kavanaugh never wrote that the president is above the law.
That line of thinking would be useful to Trump, who is unlikely to face impeachment so long as Republicans control Congress.