WASHINGTON (WAVY) — President Trump has nominated Federal Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, who is meeting with politicians on Capitol Hill, hoping to gather support and become the next justice.
Every detail of Kavanaugh’s opinions and writings will be examined in excruciating detail in the coming weeks.
People will want to read the tea leaves to see how Kavanaugh might rule on reproductive rights, health care, guns and various other key issues.
Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach) says Kavanaugh will stick to interpreting the law and not be an activist justice.
“He has the opinion not to make law from the bench, which is my opinion. He’s highly regarded.”
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) says he wonders how much latitude Kavanaugh would give a sitting president when it comes to criminal investigations.
“Whether they can be investigated, subpoenaed, prosecuted and indicted. That will be a significant issue of concern.”
Kaine also wonders whether Kavanaugh will consider key decisions of the high court, such as Roe v. Wade, as settled law.
“Will he pledge to follow those laws or will he be somebody who’s set on reducing women’s freedoms to make their own healthcare choices?”
Kaine says he will interview Kavanaugh, review his record and then talk with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who will hold Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. Kaine says only then will he determine how he will vote.
And although he doesn’t get a vote as a member of the House, Taylor says Kavanaugh is completely qualified for the job. “A lot of the senators who voted to confirm him as an appeals judge will vote on him again. He has bipartisan support.”