Who is Brett Kavanaugh?

The president of the United States has chosen Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

This article was updated 07/10/18 10:55 AM PST

The president announced yesterday evening at 9 PM EST that he has chosen Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy after he announced his retirement last week.

Kavanaugh is a conservative judge who ruled against the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

Kavanaugh was an advisor to former President George W. Bush and has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

He met his wife while working for Bush, who was the president’s personal secretary at the time.

Much like Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh clerked for Kennedy, and is endorsed by the Federalist Society as well as the Heritage Foundation.

Both groups provided lists of preferred nominees to the president for his consideration.

In 2009, he penned a Minnesota law review article that argued that presidents should be immune to criminal investigations and civil lawsuits during their term.

“I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office. The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government.”  — Kavanaugh

Before he wrote that opinion, however, he worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel charged with investigating former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. At that time, he argued that a president could be impeached for lying to his staff.

If only he still held that opinion — it could have huge impacts on the Mueller investigation.

The main concern, however, is Kavanaugh’s history on abortion.

“I mean, first of all, of course Kavanaugh is going to overrule Roe v. Wade. I mean, they’ve got four votes already who are willing to uphold a Texas law that was just a sham law intended to shut down abortion clinics. Kavanaugh is going to be the fifth. He has criticized Roe v. Wade. He said that it was a freewheeling decision. He wrote an opinion just last year that used a very—took a very aggressive posture, said that the Trump administration could literally imprison women to delay their ability to have an abortion.”  — Ian Millhiser, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Last fall, he joined a panel of judges in issuing an order that prevented an undocumented immigrant teenager from accessing abortion services while in U.S. detention.

The girl in question had been raped.

When told that she would be forced to carry her rapist’s baby to term, Jane Doe — who was only 17 years old — became suicidal.

The issue exploded into nationwide controversy and a federal lawsuit, which eventually resulted in a federal order from a judge allowing her to receive the abortion.

“Well, I think that one of the issues here that women have, of course, is equal representation on the courts, in Congress. And there is no way to avoid the fact that of the 113 Supreme Court justices in our lifetime, only six have not been white men. So, yet again, we are now populating a court—and, of course, this president, I think more than 75 percent of his judicial nominees have been men. And as was discussed last night, when Roe v. Wade is at stake, it could be a court where the—that it absolutely overturns the right to safe and legal abortion, and that is done by men.”  — Cecil Richards, former head of Planned Parenthood

We all knew as soon as Kennedy announced his retirement that the right to accessing safe abortions was going to be on the line.

Now it comes down to our ability as constituents to pressure our representatives to block this nomination until the November midterms.

“Every single anti-choice organization in the country has been celebrating since last night. It’s spread all over their webpages. They finally feel like they have got the fifth vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. And the fact is, 70 percent of people in this country believe that we should keep Roe v. Wade. It is overwhelmingly important to understand: the vast majority of people in this country.”  — Richards

Senators Lisa Murkowsi and Susan Collins are key Republicans that could keep this nomination from going through.

If you live in Maine or Alaska, please, contact Murkowski or Collins and tell them that a vote for Kavanaugh is a vote against women’s rights, and that if they do so, they will not be re-elected.

Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this story.

 

 

 

 

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