Don’t let Judge Brett Kavanaugh dodge answers to key questions | Editorial

Don’t let Judge Brett Kavanaugh dodge answers to key questions | Editorial

People have the right to know how Judge Brett Kavanaugh might use the Supreme Court’s power and the Senate has the duty to find out. Prospective justices didn’t used to get away with evading critical questions. The practice should end now. (Olivier Douliery / TNS) The biggest lie you’re going to hear in the coming weeks is that Judge Brett Kavanaugh shouldn’t have to tell the Senate what he thinks about Roe v. Wade, Obamacare , environmental protection, gun control or presidential abuse of power — issues that could turn out badly for the nation if he is confirmed as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court . Prospective justices didn’t used to get away with evading critical questions, as Neil Gorsuch did last year. The people have the absolute right to know how Kavanaugh might use the high court’s power and the Senate has the absolute duty to find out. Florida’s Bill Nelson , one of 10 endangered Democratic senators up for re-election this year in states President Trump won, has acknowledged that responsibility. The question now is whether Marco Rubio and other Senate Republicans will put their party and president before their constitutional duty to citizens. Gorsuch, Trump’s first appointee, did not change the court’s delicate balance. But Trump and the Federalist Society, the lobby that recommended Kavanaugh, plainly intend for this appointment to tip the court far to the right for a generation. The president’s promise to dispose of Roe v. Wade, which holds that […]

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