King Cites Concerns About Kavanaugh Nomination

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"To say that if a president deems a law unconstitutional, he doesn't have to obey it, that's risky at any time, but it's particularly unsafe when Donald Trump is president and we are going to make this a major and important issue", Schumer said.

The pick of Kavanaugh announced Monday night immediately launched the highly polarized fight in the US Senate, testing both sides' ability to unify their ranks just months ahead of the hugely consequential midterm elections. Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

The Society describes itself as "founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be". "The country wants the president to be "one of us" who has the same responsibilities of citizenship". "I think he is an excellent choice by the president".

"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require", President Donald J. Trump said in a prime-time speech last evening. "I strongly agree with that principle", he wrote.

Murkowski told CNN Tuesday that her vetting of the nominee will take weeks, not days, and says all senators need to do their "due diligence" before deciding how to vote. But this committee, and the American public more broadly, should be aware of the important work Judge Kavanaugh has done to remedy those disparities.

Kavanaugh has a habit of going into debt, presumably to watch baseball, and also reported $60,000 to $200,000 in 2006, the year he was confirmed as an appellate judge.

"I think he's going to do well", he said.

"I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same", Schumer said in a statement. But the Senate Democrats are loaded for bear against him now, especially in light of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's 2016 denial of a hearing or vote on President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

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Kavanaugh has been particularly skeptical of regulation that is only tenuously related to legislation passed by Congress, Shapiro said.

In 2000, Kavanaugh represented pro bono the Miami relatives of 6-year-old Elian, who wanted to keep the child in Miami despite his father's wishes to have custody of him in Cuba. Capito said Kavanaugh is aware the road to confirmation is not easy. "He's a very strong person and he knows he's going to have a rough ride, but he seems very firm in his convictions".

Kavanaugh has also written that presidents don't have to follow laws they deem unconstitutional until a final court order says otherwise.

"For too long we have suffered the ill effects of federal overreach as all three branches have at times exceeded the constitutional limits on their authority", the attorneys general said.

Stabenow also pointed to concerns that Kavanaugh, if confirmed, could undercut the Affordable Care Act and women's health care, as well as environmental laws.

"My decision won't have anything to do with Chuck Schumer", Donnelly stated simply.

But it could prove impossible for Schumer to persuade senators like Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of IN to vote against Kavanaugh, according to the website. "Now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

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