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Everything you need to know about Trump's Supreme Court pick

Everything you need to know about Trump's Supreme Court pick

"I believe it is vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible", Kavanaugh wrote. Less likely yet is a nominee who has written extensively about the very question at the heart of the dispute.

"I think it's very likely that if the Clean Power Plan were to come before the United States Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh would vote to strike it down", Carlson says, adding that the four other conservative justices would most likely join him.

Those are all conventional positions among conservative lawyers and judges. During the 2016 presidential campaign Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg publicly described Donald Trump as a "faker".

Trump has previously vowed to nominee anti-abortion justices, and Kavanaugh opposed giving an undocumented immigrant access to an abortion previous year - giving Democrats more evidence that he's not committed to upholding abortion rights for women.

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. And before they vote on Kavanaugh, U.S. senators should make sure that he at least knows where the middle is. And like Harris, he is playing up the stakes of the Supreme Court battle.

American Bridge, an opposition research and communications operation that works to support Democratic candidates and find damaging information on their opponents, has launched a team of more than a dozen staffers in Washington and dozens more outside to dive into Kavanaugh's record - his personal record.

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Some Democrats have called on Kavanaugh to promise to recuse himself from Supreme Court cases involving Trump. "It's more about whether there is an actual or apparent conflict of interest". He said Congress should consider imposing limits on such proceedings. Notwithstanding the general reaction, his retirement, even during a Trump presidency, is not a sea change meriting excessive jubilation or despair. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation. "And a president who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is nearly inevitably going to do a worse job as president". Still, there is some reason to think he would not be inclined to force Trump to comply with a subpoena from Mueller. But Kavanaugh chose to uphold the law in 2012, writing in his opinion that it allowed citizens who lacked a photo voter registration card to still vote as long as they explained why they did not have a card.

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.

She interrupted again when Haspel tried to dodge the question. Unlike Murkowski, she voted for President Barack Obama's two Supreme Court picks, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

Those unanimous decisions ruled against Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton, with Nixon and Clinton appointees voting against the presidents who had placed them on the court. "A solid conservative who interprets the law, who won't make the law". Or Lawrence v. Texas, Justice Kennedy's 2003 decision that supported his later rulings on sexual orientation? "There will be enormous pressure on the chief justice - including, in fact especially, pressure from his own sense of his place in history - to deliver a unanimous court".

Kavanaugh was hired as a law clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1993 and was even sworn in by Kennedy as a judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2003. "This is now. The court is polarized in a way that scares the bejesus out of me".

But particularly for someone like me who is experiencing being one of the millions and millions of people now who have pre-existing conditions, meaning that, you know, people who are sick or who have a medical record - that's practically all of us - the - his nomination is a tremendous concern and whether or not he can truly be independent.