Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh as his second Supreme Court nominee.

By | 2018-07-11T05:15:47+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |30 Comments

We hate him already.

Courtesy of NYT:

President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation.

Presenting Judge Kavanaugh at the White House, Mr. Trump described him as “one of the finest and sharpest legal minds in our time,” and declared him a jurist who would set aside his political views and apply the Constitution “as written.”

The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals court judge, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton, was not a huge surprise, given his conservative record, elite credentials and deep ties among the Republican legal groups that have advanced conservatives for the federal bench.

But his selection will galvanize Democrats and Republicans in the months before the midterm elections. Moments after the announcement, the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, declared, “I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have.” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who leads the barest of Republican majorities, had expressed misgivings about his path to confirmation, but said he was a “superb choice.”

And now we are off to the races! 

It really would not have made much difference who Trump picked since the Democrats are positioned to oppose anybody that he picks to replace Justice Kennedy.

However, having said that this Kavanaugh fellow has a substantial amount of baggage. 

Courtesy of NPR:

Kavanaugh was a member of Lawyers for Bush-Cheney during the 2000 campaign and was a regional coordinator for the campaign. He also participated in the Florida recount and served as a White House counsel to George W. Bush and then staff secretary until 2006, when Bush appointed him to his current position on the federal bench. (He was originally appointed in 2003, but Democrats argued he was too partisan and his nomination was held up for three years.)

We could actually stop right there as for reasons to fight against his nomination. 

I mean anybody who was part of that 2000 recount debacle is damaged goods. 

But there’s more:

He was part of independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s team during the investigation of then-President Bill Clinton, specifically assigned to investigate Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster’s suicide. The Baltimore Sun notes that he “argued unsuccessfully before the Supreme Court that attorney-client privilege did not apply to Foster after his death by suicide.”

Need more? He also wrote this:

“Even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation — including preparing for questioning by criminal investigators — are time-consuming and distracting. Like civil suits, criminal investigations take the President’s focus away from his or her responsibilities to the people. And a President who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as President.”

In other words, he does not think that presidents should be the subject of criminal investigations or civil suits while in office. 

I think we fully understand why Trump wants him for the job. 

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30 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Another red flag is that the NRA is over the moon about this choice.

  2. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    He is in like Flynn.

  3. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    BREAKING: Looks like my hunch was right. The fix *was* in, as NBC now confirms. This was a backroom deal that Trump deliberately hid from the American people by pretending he was vetting candidates. He *wasn’t* vetting candidates; he *got* this vacancy by making a secret promise.

    Source familiar tells NBC that Justice Kennedy had been in negotiations with the Trump team for months over Kennedy’s replacement. Once Kennedy received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh (his former law clerk) Kennedy felt comfortable retiring –

    https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1016713769551089666

    https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1016760254456057861

    https://twitter.com/SethAbramson

  4. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    OT: Story at Daily Mail

    Sarah Palin reveals she was TRICKED by Sacha Baron Cohen when he pretended to be a wounded veteran to interview her for his new show ‘Who Is America?’

    Sarah is trying to get out in front of this ….. It must be a humdinger of an interview. Can’t wait to see it.

    • $arah is about $arah July 10, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Karma baby.

  5. ANONYMOUS July 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/10/tump-fire-mueller-scotus-nominee.html

    “rump is not thinking about the future of the country or what his choice could mean for vital constitutional questions. Donald Trump is looking for a get of jail free card. He wants a nominee who will allow him to fire Mueller and pardon himself, his family, and friends. Trump doesn’t care about anything else. ” “This nomination must be stopped.”

  6. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Democrats demand access to potentially millions of files on Kavanaugh as Schumer vows to use ‘everything I’ve got’ to stop nomination

    Democrats could bring Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process to a halt with one simple demand – his paperwork.

    And Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to oppose President Donald Trump’s nominee with ‘everything I’ve got.’

    Kavanaugh’s long record includes his 12 years as a judge with nearly 300 written opinions, a multitude of scholarly articles, a paperwork trail from his time in the Bush White House, and thousands of documents from when he served on the Starr investigation.

    The millions of documents can be requested by Senate Democrats and would take time for the National Archives, the federal court system and other stake holders to compile, meaning a confirmation hearing before the Senate leaves for August recess would be unlikely.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5938259/Dems-demand-access-millions-files-Kavanaugh-Schumer-vows-use-Ive-got.html

    • Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Anything is possible, but not likely. The Democrats are going for a huge, huge Hail Mary attempt to halt the nomination.

    • Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Yep kill them with the paperwork, heck if it took 3 years to get him appointed to federal court, why not for the supreme court.

      He basically is saying the president is above the law, so if the president kills someone are we suppose to leave a murderer in the WH.

      • Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 5:19 pm

        I don’t really shed a tear for killing terrorists…. But you are aware Obama summarily killed Americans with drone strikes, no trial or guilt or innocence pleas aren’t you?

        https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/14/13577464/obama-farewell-speech-torture-drones-nsa-surveillance-trump

        So the President killing ‘precedent’ had already been set by the former President.

        • Meghan July 11, 2018 at 5:44 am

          Why are you singling out Obama in the regards to dead civilians? Do you honestly think he’s the only president whose policies have led to dead civilians? Seriously, turn off fox news and pick up a history book.

          • Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 10:57 am

            Hahaha, really Meghan? Really? Did you not read the original post that ‘assumes’ Trump is going to murder someone, when it is already known that ‘Constitutional Law Scholar’ Obama has? Without any due process of law!

            We could also throw in Waco Texas and Ruby Ridge if you want to go back a couple of Presidencies.

  7. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Trump’s Court pick came out for law that would shield sitting presidents from prosecution or investigation – saying a presidential indictment would ‘cripple’ the federal government

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5937191/Kavanaugh-wrote-indicting-president-cripple-government.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5936599/Trump-picks-Kavanaugh-GOP-favorite-Supreme-Court.html

  8. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Democratic Senator Drops A Bombshell: Trump SCOTUS Nominee Wants To Give Him The Power To Fire Mueller

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CA) said that during their research they have discovered that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, wants to give Trump the power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    Video of Blumenthal on The Beat with Ari Melber:

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/10/tump-fire-mueller-scotus-nominee.html

  9. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Trump Makes Immigrants Pay For DNA Tests To Get Their Kids Back

    …Trump steals the children of immigrants at the border, gets ordered by the court to give the kids back, and he responds by making parents pay for the DNA tests to have their children returned to them. The administration takes it a step beyond by refusing to make public who the immigrants are paying the extortion to get their offspring back.

    The Trump administration never had any intention of reuniting the families. They were hoping to make an example of the parents and spread a cautionary tale of terror that they believed would keep immigrants from coming to the US. Who is making money off of Trump’s kidnapping, and how much of that money is finding its way back into Donald Trump’s pocket?

    Everything in the Trump administration is about making a buck.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/10/trump-makes-immigrants-pay-for-dna-tests-to-get-their-kids-back.html

    It is not an exaggeration to call what Trump has done to migrant children kidnapping. The ransom that these immigrants must pay is the cost of a DNA test. Trump immorally seized children, and now he is making the parents pay for his crime against the American dream.

  10. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Exposed: secret corrupt retirement deal between Anthony Kennedy and Donald Trump

    http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/corrupt-kennedy-trump-exposed/11311/

    • $arah is about $arah July 10, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Same one Fan Sullivan gave $arah?

  11. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Dem lawmaker: Restaurant gave me free food to support fight against Trump policy

    http://thehill.com/latino/396121-dem-lawmaker-restaurant-gave-me-free-food-to-support-our-fight-against-trump-policy

    Ted Lieu rubs it in Stephen Miller’s face

    http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/lieu-stephen-miller-face/11300/

  12. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    5 Men Could Overturn Legal Abortion In America
    Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court would present an immediate threat to Roe v. Wade.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5-men-supreme-court-abortion_us_5b44c558e4b0c523e2632f62

  13. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Fox’s Napolitano Pushes Wild Conspiracy Theory About Kavanaugh, Clinton, Vince Foster Death

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-news-napolitano-ties-kavanaugh-to-wild-conspiracy-theory-about-vince-fosters-death/

  14. Anonymous July 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Donald Trump’s ratings drop by 7 million viewers for Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/donald-trumps-ratings-drop-7-million-viewers-supreme-court-pick-brett-kavanaugh/

    Dem senator lays bare Kavanaugh pick: ‘Trump nominated him because of Mueller and to be free from prosecution’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/dem-senator-lays-bare-kavanaugh-pick-trump-nominated-mueller-free-prosecution/

  15. CFR July 10, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Well that means women’s rights over their own bodies will go out the window. But hopefully the “Bern it to the ground” crowd will be happy.

  16. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh caught lying under oath during Senate testimony

    Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is falling apart by the hour – partly because Trump and his people rather obviously didn’t bother to do any real vetting of Kavanaugh while they were racing to try to hurry up and get him confirmed. The latest stunning revelation about Brett Kavanaugh is that he lied to the Senate in 2006. You don’t have to take our word for it, because a prominent Senator is the one making the accusation.

    http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/lying-oath-brett-kavanaugh-supreme/11320/

    Donald Trump reveals he’s already worried about his scandal-plagued Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

    http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/worried-brett-kavanaugh-trump/11316/

  17. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Dick Durbin May Have Destroyed Kavanaugh’s Nomination With This One Tweet

    …When Dick Durbin accuses Brett Kavanaugh of being “inaccurate and misleading” it is another way for him to say that Kavanaugh lied under oath.

    This means a powerful U.S. Senator has publicly accused a Supreme Court nominee of committing the crime of perjury, and he can prove it.

    For proof, Durbin included with his tweet a copy of his letter to Kavanaugh which explains that the judge had lied to the U.S. Senate about his knowledge of the Bush White House’s detention and torture of enemy combatants.

    Could this be the final nail in the coffin for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination? It may not be enough by itself of course, but it is one more weapon that Democrats have to fight Kavanaugh’s appointment.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/11/dick-durbin-may-have-destroyed-kavanaughs-nomination-with-this-one-tweet.html

  18. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Students, Alumni Urge Yale Law School’s Leadership To Denounce Brett Kavanaugh
    The school’s leadership boasted about its alumnus, Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, in a press release.

    …As of Tuesday night, more than 200 students, staff members and alumni of Yale Law School signed an open letter calling for the institution to rescind its apparent support of Kavanaugh.

    The letter, addressed to the law school’s leadership and Dean Heather Gerken, argued that Kavanaugh, as a possible Supreme Court justice, puts American democracy in danger and called his nomination an “emergency.”

    “The press release’s focus on the nominee’s professionalism, pedigree, and service to Yale Law School obscures the true stakes of his nomination and raises a disturbing question,” the letter’s authors wrote. “Is there nothing more important to Yale Law School than its proximity to power and prestige?”

    The letter cited several of Kavanaugh’s past opinions, arguing that his conservative bias would place past Supreme Court rulings at risk. It also claimed Kavanaugh would act as a “rubber stamp for President Trump’s fraud and abuse,” pointing to the judge’s support for expanding presidential power.

    “At a time when the President and his associates are under investigation for various serious crimes, including colluding with the Russian government and obstructing justice, Judge Kavanaugh’s extreme deference to the Executive poses a direct threat to our democracy,” the letter read.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yale-law-school-open-letter-brett-kavanaugh_us_5b45753ee4b0c523e263ec91

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUrOBy5sPzw1VGusbYr2VqVqPiNmO5adNdo8mIcsryvgOfrw/viewform

  19. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Trump’s primetime Supreme Court announcement was a ratings flop

    Despite Trump’s best efforts to hype the event, 8 million fewer people tuned in to watch him announce his Supreme Court pick this year than last.

    https://shareblue.com/trump-supreme-court-nominee-brett-kavanaugh-ratings/

  20. Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Senator to Parkland teens: Kavanaugh ‘is your worst nightmare’ on guns

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal points out one of the many ways in which Trump’s extremist Supreme Court nominee is dangerous.

    On Tuesday morning, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a press conference to speak out against Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) had a direct message to the Parkland teens who survived February’s gun massacre.

    “Here is a memo to the Parkland students,” Blumenthal said. “If you care about common sense gun violence protection, Judge Kavanaugh is your worst nightmare.”

    Since the shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, several student survivors have organized marches, protests, and voter registration drives to demand gun control legislation and challenge NRA-backed politicians who have blocked such measures.

    “If you want background checks, or bans on assault weapons, or any of the other common sense, sensible measures that we have in Connecticut or California or New York, Judge Kavanaugh will strike them down,” Blumenthal said. “That’s in his record, that’s indisputable. He is the worst nightmare of advocates of common sense, sensible measures to stop the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”

    Blumenthal further warned that if Kavanaugh is confirmed, “You can say goodbye to the measures in New York and Connecticut and California that help save lives.”

    He concluded by stating firmly that he is “a no on this nominee.”

    https://shareblue.com/senator-richard-blumenthal-to-parkland-teens-brett-kavanaugh-is-your-worst-nightmare-guns/

    • Anonymous July 11, 2018 at 6:22 am

      Brett Kavanaugh Thinks Banning Assault Rifles Would Be Like Banning Speech
      The judge has a hard time seeing the distinction between semi-automatic handguns and assault rifles, one that’s established by a general law of physics.

      If you hear cheers coming from the NRA, that is because President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court has flatly declared that an assault rifle ban is unconstitutional.

      Judge Brett Kavanaugh has even gone so far as to contend that banning assault rifles would be akin to violating one of our most fundamental rights.

      “A ban on a class of arms is not an ‘incidental’ regulation,” he wrote in 2011 dissenting opinion as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. “It is equivalent to a ban on a category of speech.”

      The case, known as Heller II, sprang from The District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down Washington, D.C.’s blanket ban on handguns in the home.

      Gun-rights people sought to extend the ruling to assault weapons. The majority of the Court of Appeals upheld the assault-weapons ban. Kavanaugh was one of two appeals court judges who disagreed.

      https://www.thedailybeast.com/brett-kavanaugh-thinks-banning-assault-rifles-would-be-like-banning-speech

  21. Anonymous July 13, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Seems Kavanaugh was YUGELY in debt for years, supposedly buying baseball season tickets. Should we entrust this particular man with a seat on the bench of the Supreme Court when he can so easily be manipulated through fiscal weakness?

    No one can convince me this wasn’t a deal between Trump and Kennedy. The timing is too perfect. Step down now before the midterms and I’ll nominate and get confirmed any replacement you name. Kavanaugh was on the Federalist list and has close connections to Kennedy. Kavanaugh is Kennedy’s last middle finger to the people of the U.S.

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