Hearings on Supreme Court nominees weren't envisioned by the Framers

UNITED STATES- JUNE 5 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp D-N.D. right and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness attend a briefing in Dirksen Building on

The White House has tried to portray President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as a down-to-earth guy who engages in wholesome activities like watching sports and mentoring kids when he isn't ruling against women's reproductive rights or explaining why the president is above the law.

If confirmed, how do you think Judge Kavanaugh's appointment will affect the ideological balance of the court?

If Kavanaugh wins confirmation, he would cement the conservative 5-4 tilt on the Supreme Court. At the event, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he will fight the nomination "with everything I've got".

Tucson lawyer Paul Gattone has practiced as a civil rights attorney for nearly 30 years in the Old Pueblo.

"If faced with the question of whether to overrule Roe, it's far from clear where a Justice Kavanaugh would come down", said Doug Linder, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. They have included backing citizens' right to own semi-automatic rifles, delaying a teenager from getting an abortion by detaining her for being in the US illegally and supporting a religious-liberty challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate.

The senator added that "President Trump could nominate George Washington and they would all be up in arms".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been described by conservatives and legal experts as a "brilliant jurist" and an originalist who will uphold the integrity of the U.S. Constitution.




And, he argues, Kavanaugh also qualifies as a "great judge" for admitting and learning from past mistakes.

In 2000, the Supreme Court justice nominee represented pro bono the relatives of Elian Gonzalez, a 6-year-old Cuban boy who became the centerpiece of a nasty custody battle.

More than any other red-state senator, Heitkamp has received a remarkable amount of help from Republicans to keep her job. "I think we've already seen people on both sides lining to start putting pressure on Senators to vote one way or another".

A partisan divide over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh deepened Wednesday, with Republican senators extolling his judicial record while Democrats demanded time to thoroughly vet his writings and opinions on matters ranging from environmental regulation to executive authority.

"That's going to go up to the [nation's highest] court and that's huge", she continued.

Trump's choice was met with predictable reactions from Republicans and Democrats.

Bottom line: There's a long way to go in this process, and Collins and Murkowski plan plenty of deep dives into Kavanaugh's written record, not to mention their one-on-one sit downs with him. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are among those on his radar. "He's keeping his cards close to his chest about how he'll vote on a Supreme Court pick, issuing the most bland statement possible on Kavanaugh: ".

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