So far, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman thinks President Donald Trump is batting a thousand with his Supreme Court picks. He was associate counsel - and later senior associate counsel - to Bush before becoming staff secretary, a high-level post that controls the flow of documents that goes to the president's desk. He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service".
The White House reportedly sent an email to industry stakeholders Monday night, highlighting Kavanaugh's pro-business and anti-regulation record in an attempt to get their help to push through his nomination.
That sentiment was echoed among prominent California Democrats; including Democratic leader U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. "This nominee will repeal Roe and women's reproductive freedom, will repeal ACA - far against what the American people want". Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49.
Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987.
Trump last week spoke with seven candidates, all drawn from a shortlist compiled by the conservative Federalist Society, about the Supreme Court.
Amar's endorsement is remarkable because by his own admission, he strongly supported Hillary Clinton for president as well as President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, whose confirmation was stalled by Republicans.
"While I have not met Judge Kavanaugh, I look forward to sitting down for a personal meeting with him", she said. Kavanaugh went to Yale and Yale Law School; every other justice now serving on the high court got his or her law degree either from Yale or from Harvard.
The official says Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read. "I will tell each senator I revere the constitution". Regardless of his choice, it's likely that the closely divided Senate will be holding a momentous confirmation vote just weeks before the midterm election. Thomas, at 70, is the oldest of the court's remaining Republican appointees. He's taught "hundreds" of students, primarily at Harvard Law School, that the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution "protects individual liberty", he said, and added that he's "grateful" to have been hired by Justice Elena Kagan.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised Kavanaugh on Tuesday morning as a well-qualified and ideologically appropriate pick for the high court and accused Democrats of knee-jerk opposition to his nomination of "throwing independent thinking out the window".
Some conservatives have faulted his reasoning in a dissenting opinion in a case involving Obamacare. During the emergency hearing in that case, which Kavanaugh presided over, he warned that he was wary of issuing a "sweeping constitutional ruling" - never mind that that wasn't what his court had been asked to do.
When the court ruled in her favour, he denounced the decision "as novel as it is wrong" saying it gave rights to unlawful immigrant minors to 'obtain immediate abortion on demand'.
In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing.
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