Schumer: Trump picked Kavanaugh for protection from Mueller

Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. | AP

Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. | AP

President Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy, a choice that could move the court in a more conservative direction for decades.

This is Mr Trump's second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the U.S. for a generation after he leaves office.

And Kavanaugh's previous decision on the case of an undocumented teenager who was seeking abortion has further alarmed abortion rights advocates, although he has not specifically said he wants to overturn the legislation, and appeared to use his nomination speech to highlight his respect for women's rights. Rand Paul of Kentucky had expressed concerns but tweeted that he looked forward to meeting with Kavanaugh "with an open mind". "Judge Kavanaugh has the qualifications that make him immensely qualified to take a seat on the highest court in the land".

When President Donald Trump went after Jimmy Kimmel at a recent campaign rally in West Columbia, S.C., the late-night host was in the middle of the Montana wilderness with no cell service or WiFi. During that time, he developed broad views on executive power.

Kavanaugh in his dissent mentioned that a financial penalty levied under Obamacare on Americans who opted not to obtain health insurance might be considered a tax, a pivotal distinction in the conservative legal challenge to the law.

Many of Trump's most outspoken critics in the entertainment industry were quick to rail against the Supreme Court nominee. Indeed, Kavanaugh's business bona fides were touted by the White House to the business community, describing him as "protect [ing] American businesses from illegal job-killing regulation", according to Politico.

Kimmel, 50, returned from vacation this week and was quick to address the president's claims, after he told people: "He [Kimmel] would stand outside of the sidewalk waiting for me". I believe, if confirmed by the Senate, Judge Kavanaugh will interpret the Constitution as written, and I don't think he will attempt to make law from the bench. Kavanaugh went to Yale and Yale Law School; every other justice now serving on the high court got his or her law degree either from Yale or from Harvard.

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Judge Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to have an abortion. His nomination has concerned abortions rights advocates.

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation.

He is the trifecta of awful, and he must never sit on the Supreme Court.

The appointee would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who announced last month that he will retire this summer.

He referred to Kavanaugh's arguments that sitting presidents shouldn't have to face criminal investigations because they are distracting and that a president doesn't have to follow laws he deems unconstitutional.

As for the right, many will likely back Trump's pick in the hopes of pushing the high court in a conservative direction, but not everyone is pleased. United States, and in it, a unanimous Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of independent agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Election Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and many dozens more.

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