After endorsing Trump choice Neil Gorsuch past year, Cashman is at it again, this time backing Brett Kavanaugh. But court watchers agreed that Kavanaugh's track record as an appellate judge is worth studying for signs of his impact on the Supreme Court.
Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, has left a trail of rulings and opinions concerning the Food and Drug Administration, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device manufacturers in his dozen years on the District of Columbia circuit court.
"The law as it existed was itself the problem, particularly the extent to which it allowed civil suits against presidents to proceed while the President is in office", Kavanaugh wrote in a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article, reflecting back on the Clinton investigation.
"If all the Republicans stick together", Chris Coons, a Democratic senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "they will be able to confirm whomever President Trump nominates". But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.
Recently he voted to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody.
Trump Has Made A Final Decision On His Supreme Court Nomination
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle. That list included two people with Alabama ties: justices Kevin Newsom and William "Bill" Pryor of Alabama, both with the U.S.
Everything U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh has worked on in this life prepared him for this moment, and there was no way he was going to mess it up. Dozens of additional nominations are pending - a list that will soon include Trump's second nominee for the highest court in the land.
Kavanaugh has drawn concern from many in the conservative movement over some of his past rulings, notably his opinion against a Catholic pro-life organization in a case involving the Obamacare contraception mandate and an opinion that is said to have paved the way for the Supreme Court ruling that "saved" Obamacare itself a few years ago.
Analysts say that could have weighed in his favour with the White House, given that the Supreme Court may at some point be asked to rule on matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation. "I look forward to following the U.S. Senate confirmation process".
Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome.
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"Justice Kennedy's retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time", he told an audience in Fargo, N.D., last month. Last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, another relatively young nominee, was successfully added to the bench. "The majority's decision represents a radical extension of the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence", he complained, suggesting that noncitizens - who are very much entitled to the auspices of the Constitution, even when in custody - aren't entitled "to obtain immediate abortion on demand".
Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY.