Liberals attack Brett Kavanaugh for 'frat boy' name

Trump's Supreme Court pick would solidify court's conservative bent, experts say

Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support.

Senator Lindsey Graham criticized Democrats for their opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

When Trump finally tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy, McConnell resorted to changing procedural rules so he could be approved by a simple majority instead of the traditional 60-40 threshold.

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, battling for reelection in a state Trump won in 2016, in a statement on Kavanaugh's nomination, said the "Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare".

Donnelly is one of the most vulnerable red-state Democrats, so he may not be able to afford separating himself from Trump on such a consequential vote.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said.

Kavanaugh never wrote that the president is above the law.

As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh dissented in 2011 from the appeals court's conclusion that Obamacare did not violate the U.S. Constitution.

As a member of Ken Starr's staff, Kavanaugh pushed for an aggressive prosecution of President Clinton. George W. Bush selected the court's current chief justice, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito.

That hasn't stopped Trump and others from predicting more openings.

Fallon, who is the executive director of Demand Justice, a new group that promotes progressive judicial nominees, said his organization has been working to persuade senators to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which will determine whether to recommend him to the full Senate.

There are five Democrat senators who are up for re-election in November.


Like many judges, he's often dodged on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case affirming the right to privacy and access to abortion. Colbert said, "So he thinks the president should be above the law because his job is hard?"

While Democrats tried to paint Kavanaugh as an extremist, Republicans said he was the type of moderate Bush might have appointed.

They believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to make the president testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation. "Those are basic questions people generally want to know about presidential candidates, and they each have the opportunity and platform to show, not tell".

The ease of Supreme Court confirmations depends, in part, on electoral politics in the Senate. He described how his mother was a trailblazer who went to law school and later became a trial judge.

GOP officials have told CNN they are targeting a confirmation hearing in late August - an aggressive timeline, but one that would set up a mid-September vote.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of United States society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions.

Various media organizations have speculated U.S. Sen. McConnell has a 51-49 Senate majority, narrowed further by the absence of ailing Sen.

For the court's first 178 years, all the justices were white men. Those included a number of disputed cases, including ones supporting same-sex marriage and a woman's right to an abortion.

"There is certainly long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices", he said.

The Supreme Court sits at the top of the judicial branch of government.

If confirmed to the Supreme Court, he'll be paid $255,300 as an associate justice.

So Trump's pick could affect the court's decisions for many years into the future.

VOA's Steve Herman reported this story. Susan Shand adapted it for VOA Learning English.

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