With Kavanaugh hearing, some Democrats see opportunity to bolster 2020 campaigns

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

Senator Richard Blumenthal went a step further "Judge Kavanaugh, you don't belong in this building as a justice", he said. To Democrats, he's a threat to women's reproductive rights and the Obama health care program.

Despite the cohesiveness among most Senate Democrats on the anti-Kavanaugh messaging, it's not yet clear how three moderate members of the caucus - Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., all of whom voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch and are in the midst of tough re-election fights this year, will vote.

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella coalition of more than 200 civil rights organisations in the United States, likened Kavanaugh to Trump, a property tycoon, saying "he would protect the rights of the wealthy and powerful over the rights of all". But after serving in the administration of President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh's opinion changed.

Kavanaugh still lives in the D.C. area, raising his kids in the Maryland suburbs just miles from the White House.

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

Ingraham blasted Schumer for his contradictory comments made on Monday, saying that whomever Trump nominates has an obligation to share their personal views on pertinent legal issues.

There's a record number of women raising their hands for public office in recent months, putting a focus on female empowerment in an era of #MeToo. Federal circuit judges make about $220,000 annually, and Kavanaugh also earned $27,000 from teaching at Harvard Law School previous year. "We could see racism continue to flourish within the criminal justice system", the group, the US' largest civil rights organisation promoting the civil rights of African Americans, added. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges.

During his introduction Monday night, Kavanaugh emphasized his belief that judges "must be independent" and "interpret the law, not make the law".

University of IL law Professor Andrew Leipold worked with Kavanaugh as part of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's legal team back in the 1990s, investigating former President Bill Clinton. He supported releasing the girl to a sponsor, where she could obtain an abortion if she chose to do so and leave the government out of it.

"This is a incredibly important appointment maybe one of the most important we'll ever vote on for two reasons". Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in an effort to overcome the GOP's slim Senate majority. Shortly after her 2009 nomination to the Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor announced plans for a memoir, which was published in 2013.

Plus, Flake's predecessor in the Senate, Jon Kyl, will be guiding Kavanaugh through the confirmation process.

Troy Covington, counsel at Bloom Parham and a legal expert, spoke to Business Insider about what issues will come up in Kavanaugh's confirmation and how the judge could influence the court. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.

Many conservatives have also praised Trump's selection.

"He will get a lot of questions from senators of both parties that reach into his background, and then they'll delve into the Minnesota Law Review article and try to figure out how this will play out going forward", Covington said.

As a member of Ken Starr's staff, Kavanaugh pushed for an aggressive prosecution of President Clinton.

"If the President does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available", Kavanaugh wrote.

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