Here’s Where Trump’s New Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stands On Abortion, Executive Power, And Guns

Here’s Where Trump’s New Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stands On Abortion, Executive Power, And Guns

Hilary Schwab Photograph via chambers of Judge Brett Kavanaugh Judge Brett Kavanaugh Hilary Schwab Photograph via chambers of Judge Brett Kavanaugh President Donald Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court , Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has left behind a paper trail on a slew of hot-button issues in his 12 years on the bench. Abortion, guns, independent counsels — he’s written about them all. That’s a plus for Republicans who want assurances about the conservative bona fides of Trump’s next pick. But it also gives the left more material to work with in the upcoming confirmation fight. Conservatives have been wary of US Supreme Court nominees who are unknowns, hoping to avoid another Justice David Souter, the so-called “stealth” George H.W. Bush appointee who turned out to be a liberal champion. Kavanaugh has been a leading conservative voice on the DC Circuit, finding himself in the minority in big cases about the power of executive agencies — a dominant subject in the DC-based court — on a court that tilts ideologically to the left. But he’s also had critics on the right. A coalition of far-right organization had sent Trump a letter expressing their preference for Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has told colleagues he might not support Kavanaugh, citing his work in the George W. Bush administration on issues related to congressional investigations, according to the Associated Press, although Paul tweeted shortly after Kavanaugh’s nomination was announced that he was going into the process […]

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