On August 21, 2018 Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying Trump directed him to arrange the payment of hush money to Stormy Daniels and Karen Macdougall. This makes Trump an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal matter, who should have no authority to nominate any Supreme Court justices.
Trump's current nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, spent 12 years on the D.C. Circuit appeals court, where he repeatedly issued extremist opinions. While the Supreme Court is intended to be apolitical, Kavanaugh also has a history of partisanship, even participating in the drafting of the Kenneth Starr report that laid the groundwork for Bill Clinton's impeachment.
Kavanaugh's track record includes:
- Reproductive Rights: Ruled to block a 17-year-old girl in immigration detention from getting an abortion, claiming that a delay in granting her one was not an undue burden. Also ruled in 2015 that the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate infringed on religious liberty.
- Healthcare/ACA: Argued in a 2011 dissent that the president should be able to refuse to enforce the ACA even if the Supreme Court upheld the law's constitutionality.* Russia Investigation: Wrote in 2009 that presidents should be exempt from civil lawsuits and criminal investigations or prosecutions while in office. If Mueller's investigation ends up in front of the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh will surely vote to protect Trump.
- Gun Laws: Dissented on a 2011 ruling to uphold a ban on assault weapons and require all fire arms be registered.
- Voting Rights: Wrote an opinion upholding a 2011 South Carolina voter-ID law that would disenfranchise thousands of voters.
- Environment: Ruled on various occasions that environmental regulations on pollution, animals, and climate issues are legal overreach.
- Consumer Rights: Dissented from a ruling that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency put in place after the 2008 recession.
- Workers' Rights: Wrote an opinion in 2016 allowing employers to block workers' right to picket in arbitration agreements.
- Education: Praised previous SCOTUS judges for trying to remove the separation of church and state as it pertained to schools and wrote that public schools should be allowed to deliver prayers over the loud speaker at football games.
- Net Neutrality: Called it an unlawful violation of the First Amendment.
At 53 years old, Kavanaugh could remain on the bench for 30 or more years, shifting the court for a generation to come. We must speak out against Kavanaugh to protect our future and those of our children.
The only way we can defeat Trump’s nominee is to get to 51 votes. Call your senators and tell them to commit to opposing Brett Kavanaugh.
My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. I want to thank the Senator for committing to opposing Trump's SCOTUS nominations. No president who is an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal matter should be able to nominate a SCOTUS justice. So much is under threat at this time, including a woman’s right to choose, healthcare, worker's rights, and marriage equality. This nomination cannot be treated as business as usual. We must be loud, vocal, and the GOP-fueled power grab not be tolerated. I want to continue to count on the Senator to stand strong, and to use every tool at her disposal to stop Trump from destroying democracy further. Additionally, with Trump under FBI investigation and his shameful performance at the Russian Summit, there is no reason he should be able to nominate any SCOTUS justices.