Erin Kelly USA TODAY Published 11:58 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 WASHINGTON — If confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh could end up voting on key issues involving President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation — a possibility that alarms some Democratic senators. The court could be asked to rule on whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the right to subpoena the president to testify in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller also is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and possible obstruction of justice by the president. Justices also could be asked to rule on whether a sitting president can be indicted on criminal charges and whether he can pardon himself. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, argues that Trump has a conflict of interest in appointing a new justice as long as the Russia investigation … [Read more...] about Democrats worry about how a new Supreme Court justice would affect Russia investigation
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Congress reacts Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, told reporters on Capitol Hill that he wouldn't make any predictions, but he did say that the confirmation fight would "take a lot of oxygen" in the Senate."I hope I'm wrong but I suspect this is going to be a rough tough down in the dirt ear pulling nose biting fight," Kennedy said.Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told CBS News' Nancy Cordes that any of the four candidates would be great justices, and he expects the eventual nominee to sail through their confirmation hearing and vote."As my friend Lindsey Graham said yesterday, he said it's as if we have four winning lottery tickets, each could be a great Supreme Court justice in their own right. And so I am pretty, pretty excited," said Cornyn.Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said that based off the president's list, it's "near impossible" to selected a nominee who isn't hostile to the Affordable Care Act and women's reproductive rights."Whoever the president selects tonight, if … [Read more...] about Judge Brett Kavanaugh named Trump’s second Supreme Court justice
opinion Barbara McQuade Detroit Free Press Opinion Published 12:56 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 President Donald Trump’s next appointee to the Supreme Court will face cases involving many significant legal issues, such as abortion, immigration and voting rights, to name a few. But other legal issues that will come before the new justice go right to the heart of our democracy — cases relating to Trump himself. As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, we can anticipate potential legal challenges that may come before the Supreme Court in the near future. For instance, can a sitting president be charged in an indictment? The Department of Justice’s own Office of Legal Counsel has concluded that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and that the only remedy for a president’s crimes is impeachment, but the question has never been put to the court. Another … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee may decide his fate
David Jackson USA TODAY Published 2:02 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 Hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement set off a political earthquake, President Donald Trump told supporters in North Dakota he wants to pick a replacement who can serve for more than four decades and cement a conservative majority on the high court. "We have to pick a great one, we have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years," Trump told a rally during at a hockey arena in Fargo, N.D. "We need intellect, we need so many things." While praising Kennedy, Trump said, "I'm very honored that he chose to do it during my term in office, because he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy. That's why he did it." The sudden Supreme Court vacancy spiced up a political rally for Rep. Kevin Cramer, a Republican who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in a key race that could decide … [Read more...] about Donald Trump says he wants Supreme Court justice who can serve 40-45 years
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights. Kennedy said he had informed his colleagues and Mr. Trump of his plans, and that his retirement will take effect at the end of July. Mr. Trump praised Kennedy as a man of "tremendous vision" and said his search for a new justice would begin "immediately." Without Kennedy, the court will be split between four liberal justices who were appointed by Democratic presidents and four conservatives who were named by Republicans. Mr. Trump's nominee is likely to give the conservatives a solid majority and will face a Senate process in which Republicans hold the … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Justice Kennedy retires: What’s next?