Liberal Democratic group seeks dirt on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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And five justices, including the now-retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, declared in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. And he is ready.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will try to focus on access to healthcare, specifically as it pertains to women's reproductive rights, during the political Supreme Court fight and will attempt to persuade certain colleagues to vote against confirming Mr. Kavanaugh, the report states. Since taking the bench, Kavanaugh has authored 286 different opinions. He could powerfully influence the country's legal agenda for decades.

He said if he's chair of the judiciary committee before the 2020 election, he would not move forward with any Supreme Court nominees, following the tradition set. Democrats hope that more issues will arise as senators comb through Kavanaugh's writings and opinions.

American Bridge, a liberal political action committee that raised almost $20 million in the last election, reportedly sent one of its political researchers to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas this week to comb through its voluminous archives for any troubling information about Kavanaugh's five years as a staff secretary and aide to the former president. He routinely decides for the powerful against the powerless when safety, equality, consumer rights, the environment and workers protections are at stake.

Muslim American civil rights groups also expressed concern that Kavanaugh's nomination will embolden the Trump administration to carry on with its hostility toward Muslims and immigrants.

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Kavanaugh never directly argued in favor of the Affordable Care Act. If a doomed stand against Kavanaugh strengthens the GOP's hold on the Senate, conservative judges will be easier to confirm - and liberal ones more hard, should a Democrat capture the White House.

During Senate hearings, Kavanaugh will undoubtedly be questioned about whether he would support overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a woman's federal right to an abortion.

"From one perspective", he wrote, assessing the abortion debate, "some disagree with cases that allow the Government to refuse to fund abortions and that allow the Government to impose regulations such as parental consent, informed consent, and waiting periods..." Barack Obama named Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. "The American public deserves to know what Kavanaugh saw and heard, and if he did witness or hear about any harassment, what he did or could have done to report it".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday rattled off topics Kavanaugh might have to rule on as a Supreme Court justice. Given Kavanaugh has been a reliably conservative judge, this could be a source of friction for Manchin.

"This is a incredibly important appointment maybe one of the most important we'll ever vote on for two reasons".

It's likely to become the most turbulent confirmation fight for a Supreme Court justice in years, with Kavanaugh already being cast as a hero or villain. Is it any wonder that President Trump chose Kavanaugh from the list of 25?

Kavanaugh also appears readier than Gorsuch to finesse relations in the distinct social milieu of the nation's highest court, where the nine are thrown together in closed quarters - for life.

"Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit", Bush said in a statement Monday.

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

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