The unexpected trio of historic sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's nominee as new US Supreme Court justice, has hugely prolonged his confirmation hearing. Unless concerns about the candidate's past can be resolved to the satisfaction of the Senate Judiciary Committee interviewing him, his appointment to the bench cannot proceed. Following the dramatic testimony of his first accuser, Dr Christine Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to succeed the retiring Anthony Kennedy hangs in the balance. But how is the process supposed to work when it runs smoothly? How is a Supreme Court justice appointed? Article II, section 2 of the US constitution places an obligation on the president to submit a preferred candidate: “[The president] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court.” The nominee does not need … [Read more...] about How is the US Supreme Court nomination process supposed to work?
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Nearly two years into his presidency, President Trump has not been able to muster the congressional support and funding to deliver on his key campaign promise to build a physical wall on the United States’ border with Mexico. However, the President’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court looks set to dramatically shore up the “invisible wall” that has sprung up, and is arguably doing far more to restrict US immigration than any border wall ever will. Although the border wall captured much of the early focus, the Trump administration has been busily bypassing Congress and focusing on the far-reaching changes in policies and procedures through the use of executive powers that have made up the “invisible wall”. While invisible, it is a very real phenomenon, however, keeping out even legal immigrants and making the processes of obtaining visas, migrating to or remaining in the US slower, less reliable and more difficult. Like … [Read more...] about ‘Be warned, if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the US Supreme Court, he will only strengthen Trump’s invisible border wall’
On the night of 9 July, the television network ABC interrupted the reality TV show The Bachelorette for some breaking news from the reality TV president. At a press conference in the White House, Donald Trump announced that the retiring Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy would be replaced by Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Kennedy was considered a “swing voter” on the culture war issues that so often reach the bench. He was nominated in 1987 by a Republican president, Ronald Reagan, but wrote the court’s opinion in favour of same-sex marriage in 2015. Brett Kavanaugh is a hardline conservative who has described a ban on assault weapons as “unconstitutional”, and once wrote an opinion defending a voter ID law which opponents said disenfranchised thousands of non-white voters. He has also said that sitting presidents cannot be indicted, which must be reassuring for Trump. Let’s be clear: the hard right is now in … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight The hard right is now in charge of the US Supreme Court
Donald Trump has announced his nominee for the US Supreme Court . The President named Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge who survived a previous tough Senate confirmation battle and helped investigate President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. In picking 53-year-old Kavanaugh, Trump aimed to entrench conservative control of the court for years to come with his second lifetime appointment to the nation's highest judicial body in his first 18 months as president. Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81. "Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers," Trump, who named conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court last year, told an applauding audience in the White House East … [Read more...] about Donald Trump announces his pick for the US Supreme Court
When the 2016 election was held American voters knew they were not just choosing a president who would decide policy for the next four years, but one that could shape America for decades to come. At that time the nine-member US Supreme Court, finely balanced between conservatives and liberals, had one seat open. It also included one sitting justice in her eighties, and two more in their late seventies. It seemed more than probable that the next president would get to nominate replacements, potentially several of them, putting their ideological stamp on the country's highest court for a generation. Voters knew that issues including abortion, gun rights, immigration, labour rights and campaign... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about How the US Supreme Court nomination could secure Donald Trump’s legacy for decades to come