Partisan battle lines remain firm after Brett Kavanaugh's nomination

FILE Amy Coney Barrett               screen grab via C-SPAN

FILE Amy Coney Barrett screen grab via C-SPAN

Imagine this: In July 1974, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the president of the United States had to turn over evidence in a criminal proceeding, a decision that led, less than a month later, to that president's resignation.

Cox pointed to the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, in which justices unanimously ruled that the "separate but equal" standards of racial segregation were unconstitutional. "There are several others", Schumer said, claiming that Kavanaugh is "way at the extremes" and referencing a 2009 law review article authored by Kavanaugh to ridiculously assert that Kavanaugh - formerly a member of Ken Starr's investigative team into President Bill Clinton's Whitewarter and Lewinsky scandals - believes a sitting president shouldn't be investigated. Instead, he asked them to weigh the judge on his qualifications.

Donald Trump's pick for the US Supreme Court will irrevocably tip the court's balance against LGBT rights.

He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990.

As how Kavanaugh would rule on the highest court, perhaps the most encouraging evidence comes from a speech he delivered past year to the American Enterprise Institute on the legal philosophy of the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, whom he called "my first judicial hero".

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He repeated his complaints about being treated "unfairly" by USA allies, but said "we'll work something out". Trump , denying that the USA defends Europe by itself, according to a Washington Post report .

While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. "But Kavanaugh the carpool dad is one great guy" - touting the personal credentials of the legal mind from a first-person perspective.

Kennedy was known publicly as the court's "swing vote", one of the few justices who could swing between the court's liberal and conservative wings depending on the issue at hand. John McCain can't vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened Tuesday's meeting with a strong endorsement, saying Kavanaugh's resume is superb. "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process will be fair and timely".

Kennedy's position in the court's center guarantees a fierce confirmation fight.

Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, says it's "extremely disappointing" that some Democrats have made clear they'll oppose the nominee even before the president announces his choice.

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On the right, groups like the Judicial Crisis Network are spending millions in advertising, targeting red state Democrats up for reelection in November, as senior Senate Democrats called for battle. If confirmed, Trump's choice would solidify the high court's conservative majority and continue the president's push to shift the federal bench to the right.

While many in pro-life and conservative circles are celebrating Kavanaugh's nomination, some suggest now is the time to scrutinize these and other ambiguities. If she took the bait, then Democrats would have it in their power to stop the judge's confirmation by their own efforts, and that might justify endangering a Democratic senator or two if it meant forcing Trump to appoint a different kind of SCOTUS justice.

That line of thinking would be useful to Trump, who is unlikely to face impeachment so long as Republicans control Congress.

Gorsuch's nomination became possible because McConnell blocked Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy in 2016. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.

Trump vowed during the campaign to appoint justices who would vote to overturn Roe, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, and his appointment to replace Kennedy could make that a reality.

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Heitkamp also said she wouldn't attend. "Let's say it's the four people ... they're excellent, every one". President, I am grateful to you and I'm humbled by your confidence in me", Kavanaugh said Monday night.

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