Democratic opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court was as determined as it was ham-fisted. Framing fresh reporting with intelligent analysis, authors Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino skillfully catalogue the stunning blunders that made Kavanaugh’s confirmation possible in their new book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” After dozens of interviews with Republican lawmakers, members of the high court, and President Donald Trump, the pair persuasively show the story of Kavanaugh’s nomination is in many respects a story of Democratic ineptitude.Hemingway and Severino will be familiar to right-leaning readers. Hemingway’s political commentary is a fixture of Fox News programming, and Severino is chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), the axis of conservative spending and organizing around judicial confirmations. Unsurprisingly, the book has a decidedly … [Read more...] about Was Brett Kavanaugh Saved By His Enemies?
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The Trump administration replied Tuesday to incendiary allegations that senior government officials used deception and misrepresentations to hide the true origins of the citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire. In a startling Thursday filing, a group of plaintiffs challenging the citizenship question asked a federal court in Manhattan to sanction the government in light of new evidence purporting to show its misconduct.“The motion borders on frivolous, and appears to be an attempt to reopen the evidence in this already-closed case and to drag this court into plaintiffs’ eleventh-hour campaign to improperly derail the Supreme Court’s resolution of the government’s appeal,” the administration’s response reads. “There is no smoking gun here; only smoke and mirrors,” the letter adds. The Supreme Court is deciding whether the government may add the citizenship question to the census form. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman on … [Read more...] about Trump Administration Blasts Allegations Of Deceit In The Census Citizenship Case
Lawyers assisting President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign spoke with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy as they compiled a list of possible nominees to the Supreme Court, a new book reveals. Kennedy served as a reference for several candidates the campaign considered adding to its list. Both of Trump’s Supreme Court appointees clerked for Kennedy after graduating from law school. Lawyers associated with the Trump campaign consulted retired Justice Anthony Kennedy while compiling a list of prospective Supreme Court nominees during the 2016 presidential campaign, portions of a new book obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation reveal. Kennedy, who was then serving on the Supreme Court, served as a reference for several candidates the campaign vetted for its list, authors Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino report in the book, “Justice on Trial.”“The team talked to judges for whom candidates had clerked and to those who had clerked with them. … [Read more...] about Trump Campaign Consulted Justice Kennedy About Supreme Court Picks, Book Reveals
This piece is the first of a series reviewing the Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term. The justices adjourned for the summer on June 27. Though President Donald Trump’s two appointments have set a new trajectory for the Supreme Court, the conservative majority flashed a strong independent streak in its 2018-2019 term.As the administration leveraged bold procedural maneuvers and a law-and-order agenda, the justices resisted a “Trumpification” of the judiciary, while leaving the administration reason for optimism. Aggressive procedural tactics The newly-completed term was marked by the government’s liberal use of a seldom-used procedure to bypass lower courts like the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The solicitor general (SG), who represents the government before the Supreme Court, filed petitions for review before judgment in several politically-charged matters — meaning the government wanted the justices to take a case before an appeals panel had … [Read more...] about It’s Not Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Yet
Justice Brett Kavanaugh received heroic accolades at a glittering Federalist Society dinner in Washington’s Union Station on Thursday, where he delivered his first public remarks since his contentious confirmation to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh gave a punchy and light-hearted speech, punctuated in spaces with emotional recollections of his nomination to the high court.“Last year, a lot of my friends put themselves on the line for me,” Kavanaugh said. “People risked their jobs and livelihoods. They were yelled at, insulted and threatened.” “I’m on a lifetime mission to thank all my friends,” he said elsewhere. In that vein, the justice approvingly cited the hymn “Be Not Afraid,” which he described as a source of strength while his confirmation was pending. Kavanaugh is a Roman Catholic. Speaking warmly of his fellow justices, Kavanaugh praised his new colleagues as models of hard work, patriotism, and collegiality. In … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh Lauds Friends, Fellow Justices In First Speech Since Bitter Confirmation