Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Texas could gain ally in President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Texas could gain ally in President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

As senators begin the process of vetting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, public disclosure forms show he's not almost as wealthy as numerous justices on the high court. Judges are required by law to submit financial disclosures. "The stakes are high for the LGBT community". McConnell has a 51-49 Senate majority, narrowed further by the absence of ailing Sen.

Democrats hope two Republicans who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, will vote against the nominee.

"I think the president has done it once again", McConnell told reporters.

"The @GOP and leaders like @LindseyGrahamSC and @SenateMajLdr seem to care more about a typo in a press release than they do about the future, safety, and rights of women, children, and our nation's most marginalized communities", the group said in another tweet. "Booker to gain an incredibly large national audience around this Supreme Court fight".

It appears that if confirmed, Kavanaugh would be the least wealthy justice. Eighty-four percent of Judge Kavanaugh's women clerks have gone on to secure Supreme Court clerkships.

Heitkamp issued a lengthy statement that, in part, highlighted her vote for Trump's previous Supreme Court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Even Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, mused about the idea that Trump could have chosen Kavanaugh because of his past remarks about presidents and lawsuits. A decade later, Kavanaugh penned a law review article expressing second thoughts about whether presidents should be subjected to the burdens of prosecution and investigation.

GOP leaders, with a slim majority in the Senate, are anxious to have Kavanaugh in place for the start of the court's session in October - and before the November congressional elections. He would succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of July.

At the same time, Republicans are urging a half dozen Democratic senators, largely those who are up for re-election in Trump-won states, to back the president's choice. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. "I look forward to meeting with him as the confirmation process gets underway". 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".

In Wednesday's podcast, Fallon said he believes Kaine is "one of the most honorable men in politics" but disagrees with his approach to Kavanaugh's nomination. In the spring and summer of 2017, Democrats in Congress and progressive activists rallied opposition to the GOP plan to gut Obamacare, eventually creating enough of a backlash that, after months of protests, Republicans in the Senate fell short of delivering the long-promised overhaul.

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