Offbeat 2020 White House contenders race to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

05:31  10 july  2018
05:31  10 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Several Democratic senators considered contenders for the party's 2020 White House nomination are racing to oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump ' s Supreme Court pick .

July 5, 2018 5:32 pm Last Updated: July 5, 2018 6:08 pm Conservative federal appeals court justices Raymond Kethledge and Brett Kavanaugh top President Donald Trump ’ s short list to replace list of contenders to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to “three or two” names.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill Several Democratic senators considered contenders for the party's 2020 White House nomination are racing to oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court pick.

Democratic Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) were among a group of senators who said on Monday night that they would oppose Kavanaugh.

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court. Specifically, as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, his nomination presents an existential threat to the health care of hundreds of millions of Americans," Harris said in a statement.

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Booker added separately that Kavanaugh should be a "non-starter" for every senator.

"The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is enormously concerning and I'm strongly opposed to it," he said.

Gillibrand, in a series of tweets, said that she would "stand by my pledge to vote no" on Trump's nominee.

"The American people deserve the opportunity to make their voices heard in November about this lifetime appointment," Gillibrand said.

The growing Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination comes minutes after Trump announced him as his choice to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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While careful not to directly make the case for any would-be justice, Mr. McConnell made clear in multiple phone calls with Mr. Trump and the White House counsel But unlike most recent Supreme Court contenders , he Two Judges Exemplify the Choice Trump Faces in a Supreme Court Pick .

But White House officials cautioned Sunday that Trump ’ s informal conversations with golf partners and friends did not necessarily hint at whom he would ultimately select for the court , a decision that [Leading contender to be Trump ’ s Supreme Court pick faces questions from social conservatives].

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also urged opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination during a Facebook Q&A shortly after Trump's announcement.

"We're going to do everything we can to prevent" him from being seated, Sanders said during the Facebook event.

Contenders for the party's 2020 White House nomination have led the caucus since last year in opposing most of Trump's nominees amid pressure from a resurgent liberal base to play hardball with the administration.

In addition to potential White House contenders, Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) pledged to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination and urged the Senate to reject it.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), also said on Monday night that he would oppose the nominee.

But Democrats don't have the ability to block Trump's nominee on their own.

After Republicans got rid of the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court nominees last year, a nominee only needs a simple majority.

Republicans could confirm Kavanaugh without help from Democrats if their caucus remains united.

Their 51-seat majority is currently capped at 50 with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) absent as he battles brain cancer.

Three Democrats previously voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

The Latest: Trump talks with Sen. Mike Lee amid court search .
The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Supreme Court (all times local):2:20 p.m.President Donald Trump has spoken with Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah as he considers options for a Supreme Court opening.The telephone call was first reported by the Deseret News. Lee spokesman Conn Carroll confirmed that the two spoke Monday while Lee was in Utah.Lee's office characterized the conversation as an interview. Asked about the call, White House spokesman Raj Shah said: "Yesterday, the President spoke on the phone with Sen. Mike Lee.

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