ongressional Republicans are eager to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1st, the start of the court’s next term, despite the additional time expected for judicial confirmations.
The period of time between Kavanaugh’s nomination and projected confirmation is neither unusually long nor unusually short, by historical standards.
In particular, Democrats want to know if he authored or edited any documents concerning the Bush administration’s torture and warrantless wiretapping programs; such would be conceivable in his role as Bush’s staff secretary, a powerful position in which he served as gatekeeper for all information that crossed the president’s desk.
In his position, in that “staff secretary” is not “White House Counsel”, Kavanaugh’s documents would be largely irrelevant in determining his views. He would have been acting as an employee, not as Counsel; point is that if your boss tells you to find a constitutional loophole to do *something*, you either do it or quit your job. The personal views of Kavanaugh, therefore, cannot be gleaned from such documentation.
“I think they realize if the American people knew just how Kavanaugh felt before he became a judge, they might not want him to be there,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a floor speech on Thursday.
Certainly true, but see above. You don’t get to learn that from any of those documents.
In the case of Kavanaugh, the White House asserted Presidential Privilege in defending their move, raising a figurative middle finger to the notion of an apolitical, independent judiciary.
I’d suggest to you that you’re being a bit hyperbolic. There is certainly precedent for one administration to claim executive privilege going back into time. And doing so does not compromise an independent judiciary, especially in this case, as the documents being were developed a decade and a half before Mr. Trump took office.
McCain’s legacy will be no deterrent to them.
McCain supported Kavanaugh, as you’ve pointed out.
Kavanaugh is essentially a golden goose for Trump loyalists, conservative pro-life Republicans and the big-business, Bush-type Republicans of old.
I expect matters to go a bit differently. In order to be a “golden goose” for anyone, you have to assume that Kavanaugh is simply a dishonest man, that he’d ignore the law to follow the President’s priorities. Nothing in his background indicates that he is that sort of individual. Also, I’d point out that it is unsurprising to see any justice, “conservative” or “liberal” who does not have a “pro-business” legal record; if a corporation isn’t fully confident that it has the law on its side, it settles out of court rather than entering the courtroom.