McConnell accuses Dems of trying to 'bork' Kavanaugh

Posted July 13, 2018

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh racked up tens of thousands of dollars in debt buying baseball tickets. Kavanaugh then worked as an associate counsel for Ken Starr during his investigation of former President Bill Clinton, counsel and staff secretary to former President George W. Bush, and appeals court judge. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) promised to oppose Kavanaugh with "everything I've got." Sen.

Tucson lawyer Paul Gattone has practiced as a civil rights attorney for nearly 30 years in the Old Pueblo.

Which underscores the importance of this: Republicans argue that Kavanaugh's time as White House staff secretary has little to nothing to do with his judicial philosophy or perspective. They have included backing citizens' right to own semi-automatic rifles, delaying a teenager from getting an abortion by detaining her for being in the USA illegally and supporting a religious-liberty challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate. He said he would work to defeat Kavanaugh, in his words, "with everything I have".

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I think he seems to be a very fine person of high moral standards, a family person who's very involved in his community, has all the right qualities. "I can personally attest that, in addition to his government and judicial service, Judge Kavanaugh has been a longtime friend to many of us in the Yale Law School community". He will eventually need a majority vote in the Senate to approve his nomination.

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. 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.

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

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He also hopes Democrats will unite to "put pressure on the Republican moderates" and salvage the "future of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years". Democratic senators such as Elizabeth Warren joined Monday evening's protests.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, the nation's largest environmental group, said Kavanaugh "continually and reliably sides with corporate polluters and the wealthy over the public's right to breathe clean air and drink clean water". Mike Lee, R-Utah, is a member Senate Judiciary Committee, which conducts the confirmation hearing. Casey stated on Monday that he wouldn't support the nominee for the Supreme Court, according to the Pennsylvania lawmaker's office. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are among those on his radar.

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.

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