Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Partisan Divide Deepens Over Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Partisan Divide Deepens Over Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

The conservative appellate court judge chosen by President Donald Trump to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy stood outside Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, D.C., where he spent an hour dishing out mac and cheese to a long line of people, many of whom did not appear to recognize the newly minted nominee in a baseball cap, polo shirt and shorts.

Three Democrats voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

Democrats, including Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, are anxious Kavanaugh could try to weaken the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights should he be confirmed to the bench. "He's simply someone who believes in the letter of the law", Loesch said.

The system assigns a score to Supreme Court justices based on their voting patterns; for federal appeals court judges, like Kavanaugh, scores are based on the ideologies of the presidents and senators who nominated them.

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Former Clerk for Judge Kavanaugh Hagan Scotten and former Clerk for Justice Scalia Ed Whelan on how much pushback Judge Kavanaugh will receive from Democrats.

On Kavanaugh's chances to be confirmed by the time the new Supreme Court session begins in October, Grassley said that "with the possibility of getting five or six Democrats and all the Republicans sticking together, yes, but if all the Republicans don't stick together and the Democrats smell blood, then I don't think we'll get any Democrats".

While the Kavanaugh pick may have assuaged some of Murkowski's concerns, she says she will comprehensively review the nominee, whose written opinions on more than 300 court cases, and years in president George W Bush's administration, provide a lengthy paper trail for lawmakers to scour.

The White House said some of Kavanaugh's credit card debt listed on his 2016 financial form was due to buying season tickets to the Washington Nationals for himself and several friends, but officials stressed that he was reimbursed for the friends' tickets in 2017. "This process is not on the level", Fallon said, referring to the Democratic senator's quick rejection of any Trump nominee.

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The GOP controls 51 of the Senate's 100 seats, though the votes of two pro-choice Republicans - Sen.

The president of Family Research Council argues that what may be the most persuasive thing about Kavanaugh is the confidence that conservatives have in the man who nominated him. Speaking to reporters, she said, "The healthcare issues are very important to me".

Democrats hope two Republicans who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, will vote against the nominee. "I look forward to meeting with him and discussing his record first-hand".

"I really consider Kavanaugh a friend of all the bill of rights provisions, I've studied other opinions of his, so yes, he would be a friend of the Second Amendment", said Stephen Halbrook, a lawyer and Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute.

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"I am here tonight because I'm a United States senator", Sen.

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