Trump, Republicans Increasingly Confident Kavanaugh Will Be Confirmed, Sources Say


According to Politico’s sources, President Trump and Republicans are increasingly “bullish” on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

On the same day reports revealed that a second potential witness named by Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, denied her claims, Politico reported that Trump and the GOP are “growing more bullish about Kavanaugh’s survival.”

“We’re very confident,” said a Republican “in touch with the White House” when asked by Politico if Kavanaugh would weather the storm.

Politico cites the change in tone from some Republican senators who initially called for further investigations, among them Sen. Bob Corker, as giving the GOP more confidence that the confirmation process will move forward.

That confidence has likewise been conveyed by Trump in his recent public comments. Speaking to reporters ahead of his trip to see the areas hit by Hurricane Florence on Wednesday, Trump expressed strong sympathy for Kavanaugh and called the Democrats’ handling of the allegation — which Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein sat on for two months before unveiling it in the eleventh hour of the confirmation process — “unfair.” – READ MORE

No matter if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court following unsubstantiated allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl at a pool party 35 years ago, the Democrats have potentially succeeded at two things: tarnishing his reputation and delaying the Roberts’ court from hearing high-profile cases for another few years.

According to The Hill, legal experts say that hearings on hot-button issues like abortion and religious freedom may have to wait a few years until the heat on Kavanaugh blows over.

“Depending on what happens with the rest of confirmation process, the court might feel kind of battered and like it needs to take things more slowly,” said Nicole Saharsky, a partner at the D.C. firm Gibson Dunn at a Georgetown Law panel discussion.

That course of action would fit in line with Justice Roberts’ character of keeping the Supreme Court apolitical. Irv Gornstein, executive director of Georgetown’s Supreme Court Institute, concurs with that assertion. – READ MORE

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