TRUMP’S CHOICE: A justice to deny

HERB BOYD | 7/12/2018, midnight
At least several minutes before Trump marched to the podium on the East Wing of the White House, the world ...
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Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, and a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was equally troubled by the nomination, charging that Trump had done nothing more than find the “most self-serving person he could choose…if he’s indicted.” He said “we cannot let this confirmation process go forward.”

One of the obstacles removed from this process was the filibuster that allowed Neil Gorsuch to make it to the nation’s highest bench. That appointment was facilitated by three Democrats who sided with the GOP senators.

Two Republican senators who may withhold their votes are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, although their initial responses are not that clear on where they stand. “Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credential and extensive experience, having served more than a decade on the D.C. Circuit of Appeals,” Collins said in a statement. “I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the president’s nominee…as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court justices whom I have considered.”

Murkowski said that she had not met the nominee, but she looked forward to that occasion, and promised to review his decisions and writings from the bench, “and pay careful attention to his responses to questions posed by my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Assemblymember Michael Blake of the Bronx voiced his opposition in an email, noting, “With so many issues at stake, from Roe v. Wade to universal health care, from immigration to voting rights, from affirmative action to marriage equality, it is paramount that the process is not rushed with such an important selection in our modern history. I strongly believe that with the continual investigations surrounding the Trump administration along with the pending midterm elections, the U.S. Senate should do everything possible to delay a vote until we know the results of both of the investigations and who we elect into the next Congress.”