Politics Winners and losers from Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination

20:01  10 july  2018
20:01  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Kavanaugh works Capitol Hill, Dems warn of rightward tilt

  Kavanaugh works Capitol Hill, Dems warn of rightward tilt Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh returns to Capitol Hill Wednesday for a round of meetings with key Republican senators as Democrats ramp up their efforts to block his confirmation. Kavanaugh, the conservative appellate court judge President Donald Trump chose to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, is set to meet separately with Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and other senators.Democrats, as the Senate minority, have few options to block Kavanaugh.

And Trump took a big step in that direction Monday by nominating Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh . It’s a solidly conservative pick but not without some controversy on the right and left. Here are the potential political winners and losers from Kavanaugh ’ s nomination .

And Trump took a big step in that direction Monday by nominating Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh . It’s a solidly conservative pick but not without some controversy on the right and left. Here are the potential political winners and losers from Kavanaugh ’ s nomination .

The big winner of President Trump’s second Supreme Court pick is Trump himself. He seized the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to remind the Republican Party why it needs him: He has the power to make the Supreme Court lean more reliably conservative for a generation.

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And Trump took a big step in that direction Monday by nominating Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh. It’s a solidly conservative pick but not without some controversy on the right and left. Here are the potential political winners and losers from Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Santorum on Kavanaugh: Trump bowed to Washington elite

  Santorum on Kavanaugh: Trump bowed to Washington elite Rick Santorum said Monday that President Donald Trump "bowed to the elite in Washington" by picking Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. "Well, I think that Donald Trump said he was going to energize the base with this pick. I don't think he did that," the Republican former Pennsylvania senator and CNN political commentator told Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo PrimeTime." Kavanaugh has been dubbed a Washington insider, having worked in both Bush administrations, and is currently a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit.

Brett Kavanaugh thanked President Trump for his nomination to the Supreme Court on Monday night. 1. Analysis Winners and losers from Brett Kavanaugh ’ s Supreme Court nomination .

President Trump nominated appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday night to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, ending a days-long guessing game that began the moment Kennedy announced his retirement on June 27.

Winners

The outgoing Justice Kennedy: Kavanaugh wasn’t the only former clerk of Kennedy’s on Trump’s list of potential nominees. But Kavanaugh’s addition to the list last fall, The Post reports, was seen as a way of reassuring Kennedy that he could retire while Trump was president and have a replacement he could be happy with.

George W. Bush: In one way, it’s surprising that Trump picked Kavanaugh. He spent a number of years as a top aide to President George W. Bush, and the Bush family represents a wing of the party that’s been at odds with Trump. They represented the very establishment that Trump decried on his way to winning the GOP nomination. And a number of Bush family members have been critical of Trump lately. The Post reports that Trump was very aware of this dynamic and that he questioned whether picking Kavanaugh would ding his standing among his loyal supporters, who aren’t necessarily Bush fans.

Liberals attack Brett Kavanaugh for 'frat boy' name

  Liberals attack Brett Kavanaugh for 'frat boy' name The latest line of attack from liberals against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, is knocking the judge for his “frat boy”-sounding first name. “We'll be D***ED if we're going to let five MEN—including some frat boy named Brett—strip us of our hard-won bodily autonomy and reproductive rights,” the influential pro-choice organization NARAL tweeted Tuesday.Comedian Stephen Colbert of CBS’ “The Late Show” also mocked Kavanaugh’s name.“Now I don’t know much about Kavanaugh, but I’m skeptical because his name is Brett,” Colbert said during the monologue on his show Tuesday.

The nomination , if confirmed by the senate, would represent one of the most consequential decisions of Trump’ s presidency.

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court . Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie, but even a single Republican breaking with the party would hold up the nomination , assuming the Democrats are unanimous in opposition.

Russia-investigation intriguists: It’s not out of the realm of possibility that aspects of the ongoing investigation into how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election will reach the Supreme Court. And if that happens, Kavanaugh has more relevant material in his past than your average judge for both sides to dig through.

He was a top lawyer on the Kenneth Starr investigation into Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. Kavanaugh was a big advocate of forcing Clinton to answer graphic questions about Lewinsky to try to put the president on the spot, report The Post’s Michael Kranish and Ann E. Marimow. But when it came time to lay out grounds for impeachment of Clinton, Kavanaugh was more circumspect. “He needs therapy, not removal,” Kavanaugh said afterward, according to a book by The Post’s Bob Woodward.

A decade later, Kavanaugh argued in the Minnesota Law Review that criminal investigations and lawsuits against the president are “time-consuming and distracting” and ultimately don’t serve the public good. “[A] President who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as President,” he wrote.

Donald Trump says he did not discuss abortion with Brett Kavanaugh

  Donald Trump says he did not discuss abortion with Brett Kavanaugh President Donald Trump praises Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while Democrats plan to oppose him over the abortion issue."No, I haven't, I really haven't," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a week-long trip to Europe.

WASHINGTON -- Trump announces nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court , calls it "honor and privilege". President Donald Trump shakes hands with Judge Brett Kavanaugh after nominating him for the Supreme Court .

President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring U. S . Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night in a live, televised announcement. Much like his selection of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court last year, Trump turned the nomination reveal into a reality-TV event

What does that mean for the Russia investigation? Lots of people will have theories in the days to come.

Partisanship: Whomever Trump picked was going to divide lawmakers and voters on mostly partisan lines. Kavanaugh especially will, though. He has decades of paper trails on everything from Clinton’s affair to Bush administration policy to affirmative action and abortion. His first attempt to get on a federal bench took three years. Senate Democrats threatened to filibuster Kavanaugh's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court, accusing him of being a political operative and rubber stamp for Bush.

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Losers

Mitch McConnell: The Senate majority leader specifically did not want Trump to pick Kavanaugh, The Post reported. McConnell is worried that Kavanaugh’s partisan record could jeopardize what McConnell is hoping will be a speedy confirmation process. Senate Republicans have a hard deadline of the Nov. 6 congressional elections, which could, in the worst-case scenario for Republicans, put Democrats in control of the Senate.

2020 White House contenders race to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

  2020 White House contenders race to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick Several Democratic senators considered contenders for the party's 2020 White House nomination are racing to oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court pick. Democratic Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) were among a group of senators who said on Monday night that they would oppose Kavanaugh."Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court . Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie, but even a single Republican breaking with the party would hold up the nomination , assuming the Democrats are unanimous in opposition.

President Trump nominated appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday night to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, ending a days-long guessing game that began the moment Kennedy announced his retirement on June 27.

Paul Ryan wearing a suit and tie © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post Abortion rights activists: There were more conservative picks on Trump’s shortlist, especially when it comes to abortion. But Kavanaugh is still a conservative judge. He once ruled against an immigrant teen who was being held by the federal government and wanted an abortion (though he didn’t go a step further and say she had no constitutional right to that abortion). LGBT activists, gun control activists, some campaign finance activists and women’s rights groups also raised alarm about Kavanaugh on Monday night.

Kavanaugh is “far to the right, but not at the edge of the spectrum,” legal scholar Adam Feldman put it to The Post’s Kranish and Marimow. 

Senate Democrats: Within minutes of Trump announcing his pick, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a statement promising to “oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have.”

Except that probably won’t be enough to stop Kavanaugh from getting on the court. The confirmation vote in the Senate will be close, given that Republicans have just a 50-49 majority right now with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) battling brain cancer. But there would have to be something really remarkable in Kavanaugh’s record to prevent a Republican-controlled Senate from approving a pick by a Republican president to firm up the court’s 5-4 conservative majority.

Kamala Harris' office rejected SCOTUS courtesy call from White House: 'We want nothing to do with you' .
Sen. Kamala Harris’ office bluntly rejected a courtesy call from the White House in the run-up to Monday’s Supreme Court nomination, according to a senior White House aide. According to the account, the Democratic California senator’s office told White House Counsel Don McGahn, “We want nothing to do with you.”The brusque response came as McGahn reached out to each Senate Judiciary Committee member to discuss the Supreme Court confirmation process. Fox News is told Harris’ office was the only one to reject the discussion.

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