Leahy: Trump's Supreme Court Pick 'More Than Frightening'

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Starr spoke to the Gray Television Washington News Bureau about how he recruited Kavanaugh to his law firm over 20 years ago. That's because, he says, the Supreme Court will ultimately determine whether health insurers will be prohibited from denying insurance to hundreds of thousands of his constituents with pre-existing conditions.

In his White House remarks after Trump announced his nomination, Kavanaugh seemed determined to show his feminist credentials, noting his mother's influence as a teacher and judge; his hiring at Harvard Law School by future Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan; and the number of women clerks he has hired on the D.C. Circuit. "So if you are a young woman in America, or you care about a young woman in America, pay attention to this, because it will forever change your life".

Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening.

"The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare".

In 2016, Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to hold a hearing for then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, for almost a year, saying that Obama's successor make the choice.

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She was one of three Democrats to support Justice Neil Gorsuch in his Supreme Court confirmation process past year, increasing the likelihood that she will also go for Kavanaugh. While Stabenow is up for re-election this year in a state Trump won in 2016, Stabenow is expected to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The centrist Anti-Defamation League was also wary of Trump's nominee.

The confirmation battle could serve, though, as a test run for prospective 2020 candidates to flex their rhetorical muscles and engage with the base in the early stages of the next presidential election.

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While no decisions have been made by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on the scope of the document requests the panel will make, the sheer volume of Kavanaugh's paper trail was a concern of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's prior to the nomination.

"I was just counseled not to be nervous".

In the hearing, Harris asked Haspel whether the George W. Bush-era techniques for interrogating terror suspects, like waterboarding, were immoral, and Haspel deflected.

She interrupted again when Haspel tried to dodge the question. "But what I can assure you is that what the president was looking for here was a nominee who will respect the Constitution as written, who will faithfully uphold the Constitution and all of his interpretations of the law".

Later, Arizona Republican Sen. Her trademark line was 'use your common-sense. Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself. Different considerations go into academic writing than go into judicial opinions and we often see legal academics take positions that they may never think reasonable under the constraints of deciding a case. "I actually believe that should be a part of the process". Chris Coons said at a press conference Tuesday along with other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Sen. Sessions has not demonstrated a commitment to a central requisite of the job to aggressively pursue the congressional mandate of civil rights, equal rights and justice for all of our citizens", Booker said then.

Davidson College Associate Professor Andrew O'Geen is an expert on the dynamics of the Supreme Court, including the cooperative behavior of justices, the judicial review of federal laws and the dynamics of the Court's issue agenda.

Compared to some of Trump's other options, Kavanaugh is "more of a moderate conservative", McDaniel said: he is a textualist and originalist, but also says he would adhere to precedent.

"Now is the time for the American people to make their voices heard, loudly, clearly, from one end of this country to the other".

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