SCOTUS Brief – Thursday, July 12, 2018
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It’s been three days since President Trump named Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace Justice Kennedy. Now the Democrats are scrambling to tarnish Kavanaugh’s record and delay the nomination process. Here’s the news you need to know, on this Thursday, July 12.
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1. Manchin: Kavanaugh has “all the right qualities.” Will defer to constituents.
“No I don’t have a lean [on how I will vote]. I think he seems to be a very fine person of high moral standards. A family person who’s very involved in his community. Has all the right qualities. He’s well-educated. And with that, you know, we have to just look at making sure that the rule of law and the Constitution is going to be followed … I’ll be hearing from West Virginians and their opinion. And I think they have, also, a right. And that’s who I work for. They’re my boss. And we want to hear from them, too, during this process.”
2. Brett Kavanaugh joins volunteers giving food to the homeless
Less than 48 hours after being nominated to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh quietly joined a group of volunteers on Wednesday to hand out food to Washington D.C. homeless. Even though he had so recently been thrust into the national spotlight by being named on Monday by President Trump to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh still kept the commitment to serve at the event at Catholic Charities in downtown Washington D.C., which he had signed up for months earlier. … Kavanaugh was greeted by Monsignor John Enzler, the president and CEO of Catholic Charities in Washington who has known the judge from the time he was an altar boy. “He’s a man for others,” Enzler said. “It’s all about service.” In his remarks at the White House Monday, Kavanaugh said volunteerism, including feeding the homeless, plays a huge role in his life.
3. From the Wall Street Journal: Schumer wants to delay a confirmation vote post Election Day.
“Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination now heads to the Senate, and the most important fact to understand is that the debate in the world’s greatest nondeliberative body is not about the future of the Supreme Court. That’s a sideshow. The real debate is about the future of the Senate—specifically, which political party will control that now narrowly divided chamber in 2019.”
4. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch: [Brett Kavanaugh] is A good and decent choice for Supreme Court justice
“If one were to create an ideal résumé for the position of Supreme Court justice, it would not look terribly different from Brett Michael Kavanaugh’s curriculum vitae.”
“Indeed, Kavanaugh’s qualifications are impeccable — unfortunately, that won’t stop him from being lambasted by opposition on the left concerned about his conservative values.”
5. In the Detroit News: Kavanaugh’s record defies challenge.
“Brett Kavanaugh is an intelligent and deliberate judge who is poised to become a conservative thought leader on the U.S. Supreme court. His record on the appellate court suggests that President Trump’s nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy will maintain a commitment to interpreting the law as it is written, and not how he may wish it had been crafted.”
6. A bipartisan group of thirty-four former clerks to Judge Kavanaugh sent a letter in support of him to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein.
“We never once saw [Judge Kavanaugh] take a shortcut, treat a case as unimportant, or search for an easy answer. Instead, in each case, large or small, he masters every detail and rereads every precedent. He listens carefully to the views of his colleagues and clerks, even – indeed, especially – when they differ from his own.”
“He is unfailingly warm and gracious with his colleagues no matter how strongly they disagree about a case, and he is well-liked and respected by judges and lawyers across the ideological spectrum as a result.”
7. From Erick Erickson: “A Justice Kavanaugh Could Curtail the Federal Administrative State”
“In short, Brett Kavanaugh believes the American bureaucracy has gotten so unwieldy and passes so many regulations on a daily basis, it is no longer plausible to maintain that ignorance of a law is no defense when these are not laws, but regulations and regulations that have no clear authority from Congress multiplying every day by a bureaucracy in need of justifying its own existence.”