President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh Sees Roe v. Wade as ‘Settled Law’
Tuesday, Supreme Court nominee Appellant Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53 anni, said he sees Roe v. Wade as settled law, according to Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)
In a 2-hour meeting, Judge Kavanaugh told Senator Collins that he agrees with Chief Justice John Roberts, who called Roe v. Wade settled law during his confirmation hearings in Y 2005.
“We talked at great length about precedent and the application of stare decisis to abortion cases,” Senator Collins said, using the legal term for settled precedent.
Judge Kavanaugh’s views on abortion are of major importance toSenator Collins, as the Maine Republican had vowed to oppose President Donald Trump’s nominee if he had “demonstrated hostility” to the Y 1973 decision codifying abortion rights.
Senator Collins called the meeting “very informative” and said they discussed a variety of topics. She said she would not make a decision on how to vote until after the Senate Judiciary Committee holds confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh, set for early September.
Judge Kavanaugh has already met with most Senate Republicans, but winning support from Senators Collins and Lisa Murkowski, (R-Alaska), could be Key, as both Senators support access to abortion services.
Republicans have a narrow 50-49 majority in the US Senate due to the absence of ailing Senator John McCain, (R-AZ, and can ill afford 1 defection on Judge Kavanaugh if every Democrat votes No.
Democrats complain that Republicans are withholding documents in their rush to confirm President Trump’s pick for the court ahead of the midterm elections.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa), said the Democrats’ demand for more records is a stall tactic.
“We know the true reason for their unprecedented document demand: to delay Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the midterm elections, when the Senate Democrats hope to win back the Senate and block Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination forever,” Senator Grassley said.
The National Archives is also producing documents from Judge Kavanaugh’s time on Kenneth Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton, but has said its larger cache of files from the the Bush years will not fully be delivered until late October.
The Senate’s #2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said Senators will have all the paperwork they need to make a decision on Kavanaugh’s nomination. “I’m confident he will be confirmed,” he said.
Several Democrats from states that Donald Trump won in the Y 2016 election remained undecided about how to vote, including Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Manchin, Donnelly and Heitkamp voted for President Trump’s 1st Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
Republicans wish to have Judge Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the court’s session on 1 October.