How Brett Kavanaugh will collide with a changing America

Aaron Brown
September 13, 2018

Because Republicans went "nuclear" previous year to nix the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, Kavanaugh will only need a simple majority to get confirmed.

Senators on the Judiciary Committee are likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on September 20 with a vote by the full Senate the following week.

"I have concluded that Judge Kavanaugh will create a Supreme Court majority that will threaten women's reproductive rights, roll back essential environmental regulations, and favor large corporations over workers", Bennet wrote.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a key vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, seemed unfazed Thursday after a "bombshell" email was leaked regarding Kavanaugh's view on the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

With Republicans holding a slim 51 to 49 majority in the Senate, it appears unlikely that efforts to defeat the Kavanaugh nomination will succeed. The Democrats' best shot at stopping Kavanaugh - who could swing the court further to the right for decades - would be branding him as a justice who might vote to overturn the court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.

The Archives has said its review of some 1 million pages of Kavanaugh records the committee requested will not be fully available until the end of October.

That means Pence's constitutionally allotted power to break Senate ties might be used in an unprecedented and potent way, to install Kavanaugh in the seat vacated by retiring justice Anthony M Kennedy, thereby tilting the court to the right.

"I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so", Kavanaugh wrote in the email.

"We're moving right along", McConnell said during a radio interview in Kentucky ahead of the announcement.

The hearings were routinely interrupted by protesters each day, while Democrats and Republicans on the committee fought with each other about procedure and transparency.

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Booker is one of several top names in his party who could move to win the Democratic nomination and seek to defeat President Donald Trump's bid for a second term.

The documents show that on Christmas Eve 1998, Kavanaugh drafted an "Overall Plan" to colleagues providing his thoughts on bringing the independent counsel office's work to a close and suggesting they inform the attorney general that the findings against Clinton be left to the next president.

The issue has been on the minds of Democratic senators who have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh's views on executive branch powers.

Kavanaugh refused to answer questions about Trump or commit to stepping aside from any case about the Russian Federation investigation that might come to the Supreme Court.

An email written by Miranda on March 18, 2003, and copied to Kavanaugh, had the subject line was "for use and not distribution".

But Leahy said Kavanaugh was "not truthful."

The Supreme Court nominee had a similar response to California Sen. "So consistent with judicial independence principles, I shouldn't comment on a potential case like that", the judge said.

That changed at this week's hearings, when the committee released a number of previously undisclosed emails that Leahy said raised new questions about Kavanaugh's knowledge that the documents were improperly taken.

Lachance has asthma, and he said he is "concerned that the Supreme Court could make major decisions in the next few years that will cause air pollution in ME to increase if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed".

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