Pence said he was confident that the members of both parties, as well as the American people, would come to realize that Kavanaugh "is quite simply the most qualified and the most deserving nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States". Even four-in-10 Democrats supported her.
- Ever since declaring that handgun bans violate the Second Amendment a decade ago, the Supreme Court has refused to say which other gun control laws are constitutional and which aren't.
Trump's pick will need to be confirmed by the Senate and can expect opposition from Democratic lawmakers. "No doubt this approach resonates with the party's donors and its activist wings in NY and California, [b] ut it won't play as well in the red states where the most vulnerable Democratic senators are now fighting for their political lives".
The last president to fill more than two Supreme Court vacancies was Ronald Reagan, who filled three. Fourteen years later, Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to serve as a justice. The chief justice earned a 2018 equivalent of about $254,000.
In addition to working in the White House Counsel's office under Bush, Kavanaugh also worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation into the death of Clinton aide Vince Foster and the Monica Lewinsky probe that led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment. Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the only former trial judge.
Since President Donald Trump nominated him Monday night, critics have been jousting over where exactly nominee Brett Kavanaugh would fit on the Supreme Court's ideological spectrum. "Back then employers who maimed or killed workers often escaped legal responsibility by arguing that the employee had "assumed" the risk when he or she took the job and the employer therefore had no responsibility to make the job safer".
"In the wake of what happened with Merrick Garland, Democrats would feel justified in refusing to seat another Trump appointee".
"We've got a few Democrats on Justice Gorsuch and we're hopeful that we'll have a few of them on this nomination as well", McConnell said during his weekly press availability.
Shortly after these reports, Kozinski announced his immediate retirement on December 18 and apologized, saying he had "a broad sense of humor and a candid way of speaking to both male and female law clerks alike". In the fifth case, Justice John Marshall Harlan II retired on September 23, 1971-six weeks before the election-and his replacement, William Rehnquist, was approved by the U.S. Senate on December 10th.
Hatch, who had conferred with Trump on the nominee, praised the president's choice. Breyer, who turns 80 in August, was asked last week during an appearance in Colorado if he was contemplating retirement.
Democrats should force the issue by using the substantial power of the minority to grind the Senate to a halt and scuttle other Republican priorities - including funding the government when the current fiscal year ends September 30... Orrin Hatch of Utah was already talking as though a third Trump nominee is assured.
Hatch didn't theorize when that might be, but Trump noted on the campaign trail that Scalia's death was "a surprise".
It outranked its cable and broadcast competitors in terms of the most coveted demographic for advertisers, however, reaching roughly 1.68 million viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, the report said. "But they didn't think him and all of a sudden he's gone".