Even before President Trump announced his nominee for outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Supreme Court seat, Democrats were denouncing him or her, no matter who Trump picked. Now that he selected conservative D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, they’re searching high and low for a way to either keep Kavanaugh from being confirmed or to destroy him after he is.
“Last night Donald Trump announced his #ScotusPick: Brett Kavanaugh. He's opposed the rights of women, workers & consumers,” wrote Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Twitter. The fight of our lives is here & we’re going to fight our hearts out to make Washington listen to us. It's what our democracy is all about. #WhatsAtStake.”
DNC Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison addressed a specific way to destroy Kavanaugh as a justice while speaking at a Supreme Court Community Forum in Minneapolis on Monday, according to the Daily Wire.
“Assuming the Democrats retake the House and Senate in November...is there any possibility that the legislative branch will remove a Supreme Court justice?” a person in the audience suggested. “I know it’s Constitutionally possible. I also know it’s never been done.”
Ellison looked thoughtful as he replied, “You have to find some evidence, of like, corruption, something like that.”
But another person in the audience pointed out, “Unless you could find evidence that someone was corrupt or potentially out of their mind or something, I think it would be very inappropriate. I just disagree with you, really. I think that would be very inappropriate and a real threat to judicial independence. I think once someone is on the Court, that’s basically it.”
Ellison wasn’t ready to give up on the idea, though. In fact, the more he thought about it, the more he seemed to like it.
“I will say that there have been lower court judges that have been impeached. And I will say there were some things that came up with Justice Thomas that I thought were very concerning to me in terms of his impartiality, so I agree you that it’s probably not going to happen but it could theoretically happen,” he responded.
Meanwhile, Trump has been emphasizing that Kavanaugh has excellent qualifications for being able to do what he was nominated to do — quite simply, correctly interpret and apply the Constitution as it was written by our Founding Fathers.
The White House revealed in a statement that Kavanaugh once wrote, “The judge’s job is to interpret the law, not to make the law or make policy. So read the words of the statute as written. Read the text of the Constitution as written, mindful of history and tradition. Don’t make up new constitutional rights that are not in the text of the Constitution. Don’t shy away from enforcing constitutional rights that are in the text of the Constitution.”
Court watchers say Kavanaugh already has a good start in his confirmation process with moderate Republicans, according to the Washington Examiner. Republicans have just enough votes in the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh despite a solid block of Democrat opposition, but some people are worried that centrist GOP members might vote against him.
One of those centrists is Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), but while she said she was going to question his “judicial temperament” and philosophy, she acknowledged that “he’s clearly qualified for the job” with his “impressive credential and extensive experience.”
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