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Trump nominates Catholic for Supreme Court

12 Juillet 2018

A simple majority is required. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another member of the Judiciary Committee, said that Kavanaugh was the only person on Trump's list of Supreme Court candidates who "has said, Mr. President, in effect, we will give you immunity". Indeed, many commentators have argued that the president "outsourced" the decision to the Federalist Society entirely.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said.

University of IL law Professor Andrew Leipold worked with Kavanaugh as part of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's legal team back in the 1990s, investigating former President Bill Clinton. Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old appeals judge, is revered in conservative circles for his perceived loyalty to the text of the Constitution. And, he has been part of some highly disputed legal cases.

"I understand people won't like him because of the way he's likely to rule on certain issues". More extensive document production - particularly to the scale Democrats appear ready to request - will take time and could push back the current aggressive target for hearings and votes. That opinion is not shocking, it's held by many legal experts, Republican and Democrat, alike.

"There's a potential here for things to get really snarled", he said, adding he believes the Senate should hold off on a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh until all the documents are reviewed. With Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receiving cancer treatment in his home state, Republicans need all 50 Republicans, plus Pence as a tiebreaker, to confirm Kavanaugh, assuming no Democrats join them. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has promised to protect abortion rights.

"I think that the court is going to incrementally move to the right - I don't think it's going to be huge and dramatic", he said.

Kavanaugh said he has worked as a school tutor for struggling kids.

Mueller is looking into any links between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 electoral campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice. He is on record as saying that sitting presidents shouldn't face civil or criminal charges - and they should have the ability to dismiss special counsels.

The case would then go to the Supreme Court.

Federal law requires only broad ranges for disclosure forms, and such filings include assets for spouses, so it is hard to pinpoint an exact financial snapshot for an individual.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition.

But for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - whose primary goal is to lock in all 50 present Republicans - Collins and Murkowski certainly haven't raised any significant red flags yet.

However, his selection will start a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate. McConnell has a 51-49 Senate majority, narrowed further by the absence of ailing Sen. "But that said, overall he has the foundation where we can expect responsible decisions even on those issues down the road" - should they make it to the Supreme Court level. Disclosures are meant to provide transparency to avoid conflicts of interest involving justices and those who do business before the court.

Jonathan Turley is a George Washington University constitutional law professor.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right, meets with Sen. "It wasn't that long ago when it was common for presidents to nominate judges with no prior federal court experience or judicial experience at all". The two other branches are represented by the presidency and Congress.

Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening.

VOA's Steve Herman reported this story.

Trump nominates Catholic for Supreme Court