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Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service". In 1987, Judge Robert H. Bork, a Supreme Court nominee of Ronald Reagan's who ultimately did not get confirmed, was questioned extensively about his role in dismissing Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating President Richard M. Nixon. But the 42% who said that abortion should be legal in all or most cases overwhelmingly voted for Doug Jones - at 81%. Bill Clinton, for example, "could have focused on Osama bin Laden without being distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and its criminal investigation offshoots", Kavanaugh wrote. It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.

As a member of Ken Starr's staff, Kavanaugh pushed for an aggressive prosecution of President Clinton. Kavanaugh served in the Bush administration, including as the president's staff secretary.

Trump's choice was met with predictable reactions from Republicans and Democrats. Mitch McConnell and his other cronies.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that the Senate must grill Kavanaugh on his views on civil rights and presidential powers.

A "thorough" review of Kavanaugh's paper trail is exactly what anxious Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, about Kavanaugh, given the appeals court judge has decades of political and legal opinions in which senators on the fence could probably find something not to like.

Senator Richard Blumenthal went a step further "Judge Kavanaugh, you don't belong in this building as a justice", he said.

Democrats are making the case that Kavanaugh should pledge to recuse himself from any case involving Trump's financial dealings or the Russian Federation investigation. They say Trump might be accused of a crime.

In a dissent past year, he wrote that "Supreme Court precedent establishes that Internet service providers have a First Amendment right to exercise editorial discretion over whether and how to carry Internet content".

At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination.

"A judge must interpret the law and not make the law", Kavanaugh said in remarks from the East Room of the White House on Monday night.

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. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority.

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella coalition of more than 200 civil rights organisations in the U.S., likened Kavanaugh to Trump, a property tycoon, saying "he would protect the rights of the wealthy and powerful over the rights of all". Your work and support for President Trump have resulted in the nomination of a second outstanding justice to the court. Those included a number of disputed cases, including ones supporting same-sex marriage and a woman's right to an abortion.

Robert Percival is a professor of Environmental Law at the University of Maryland.

The best way Democrats can guarantee a strong GOP turnout in key Senate races is to make the Supreme Court an election issue this November. The ease of Supreme Court confirmations depends, in part, on electoral politics in the Senate. Three Democrats voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

On Monday, she sounded skeptical of Kavanaugh: "He clearly is qualified for the job, but there are other issues involving judicial temperament and his judicial philosophy that also will play into my decision".