Sen. Doug Jones vows 'independent review' of Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Sen. Doug Jones vows 'independent review' of Trump's Supreme Court nominee

It was Scalia's death in 2016, and the Republican blockade that followed, that created the vacancy for Trump to nominate a year ago Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

"FreedomWorks calls upon Majority Leader McConnell to act swiftly and ensure Kavanaugh is confirmed on the Senate floor".

Hours after President Trump made known his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy with Kavanaugh, Akhil Amar, considered one of America's foremost legal minds, pitched in, calling him a "superb nominee" and warning that any Democratic opposition to him would be a mistake. Some conservative activists have questioned whether he would rule sufficiently aggressively as a justice.

Kavanaugh concurred with the majority opinion as the court sided with the FDA.

Kavanaugh, 53, took part in investigations of former President Bill Clinton, helped former President George W. Bush prevail in the 2000 Florida vote recount battle, and served in the Bush administration before Bush nominated him to the federal bench. In 2003, he served as Assistant to the President as the White House Staff Secretary, according to SCOTUS Blog. Trump's critics have cited this opinion to argue that the president appointed Kavanaugh to protect himself from the Russian Federation probe, so Berman asked if the president was "aware" of Kavanaugh's opinion.

Some Trump supporters who were near the scene said they did not understand the point of the protests, arguing that people need to give the nominee a chance and praising Trump's record as president.

"Thrilled tonight with @realdonaldtrump's pick for the United States Supreme Court", Rogers posted on Twitter.

During his 2006 confirmation hearings to the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh testified that he "would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully".

If the party sticks together, the president's choice will be sitting on the Supreme Court when its new term starts in October.

"I am pleased to say that I have found without doubt that person".

Kennedy, 81, announced on June 27 plans to retire after three decades on the court, effective on July 31.

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With Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona, Republicans can now only muster 50 votes.

That insider status can help Kavanaugh win over the Washington elite and secure enough Senate votes to avoid an embarrassing loss for Trump.

"On an issue like this, the Court is going to try very hard to be unanimous", the source predicted, adding: "If anything regarding Trump ever gets to the Supreme Court, there will be an intense effort to develop a consensus on a unanimous opinion". With this nomination, the balance of power on the Supreme Court could shift dramatically in our favor.

Following the announcement major LGBT groups have lamented the ruling, while the ultra-conservative groups opposed to LGBT rights have reacted with jubilation.

Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes.

Democrats, however, have expressed concern that Kavanaugh could overturn the 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights.

In his first statewide television ad buy, which launched this week, Hawley blasted McCaskill by saying she "wants liberals in charge".

His tightly orchestrated wind-up announcing Brett Kavanaugh as his latest pick for the Supreme Court, bore all the hallmarks of a matchmaking show, but, unlike some of his other staged events, the hype, the pageantry and the photo op Trump relishes is backed up by serious effect.

President Donald Trump has yet to announce his pick for Supreme Court, but Democratic Sen. Fellow liberal Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month.

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