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Tennessee lawmakers reacts to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court

10 July 2018, 09:54 | Anna Jefferson

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But since Heller, the supreme court has largely avoided clarifying the scope of the second amendment, declining to hear challenges to stricter gun control laws, including state-level assault weapon bans, or laws in more liberal states like California and New Jersey which make it extremely hard for citizens to get permits to carry guns in public.

"I believe that Judge Kavanaugh will carry out this role faithfully".

On Monday night, President Trump announced he has chosen Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The White House said Democrats will do what ever they can to slow down a vote on Kavanaugh. Others have seen an even deeper ulterior motive in the choice of a man who is seen as a Bush loyalist, a fact that should have put off Trump: Kavanaugh sees the U.S. presidency as such a unique and challenging job that he believes the White House occupant should be shielded from indictment, prosecution, or interrogation while in office. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

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"While the House of Representatives is not involved in the nomination process, I'm hopeful the White House will work with the Senate, including Senators Collins and King, on approving a Justice for the Supreme Court who will serve Mainers and the Nation dutifully and honorably".

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

The liberal advocacy group Demand Justice will spend $5 million on ads through September and began airing spots Thursday in ME and Alaska aimed at pressuring Collins and Murkowski.

Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and independent Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support", Trump said.




Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

The Democrats are now pressuring Republicans who support access to abortion services to oppose the nomination. While some conservative justices have publicly criticized the court's recent choices not to take on second amendment cases, it is not clear if Chief Justice John Roberts is a strong gun rights supporter, or if he might be a moderating force. At the top of that list is abortion.

Trump has vowed to put justices on the court and overturn Roe v Wade.

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. He described how his mother was a trailblazer who went to law school, became a prosecutor and then a trial judge. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.

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

A graduate of Yale Law School, Kavanaugh has come under fire in some conservative circles for his ties to Bush, a member of the Republican establishment that is eschewed by Trump, as well as for not sometimes ruling aggressively enough on issues of importance to conservative activists.

Kavanaugh's views on presidential power and abortion are expected to draw particular attention in his confirmation hearing.

He wrote a Minnesota law review article in 2009 arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.



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