SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The stage is set for a bitter battle in Washington over the U.S. Supreme Court.
The director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics Jason Perry stops bye Inside Utah Politics to break down the career of nominee Brett Kavanaugh and what to expect from the confirmation process.
“12 years on the district court bench, conservative in terms of his rulings. But what’s really interesting about this is that we have about 300 court opinions to look through to see where he may come down on certain issues that are important to us and the country,” said Perry.
Kavanaugh also clerked for outgoing Justice Kennedy.
“I think we have an idea of how he will approach cases, how he will view facts and how he will view precedent. I think he’s trained well by Justice Kennedy and I think that gives us some clues.” Perry said.
Perry also touches on the democratic opposition of Kavanaugh including minority leader Chuck Schumer’s recent comments on the matter.
“There are 51 Republicans right now in the Senate. Even if Senator McCain isn’t able to come back and vote, they just need to keep the Republicans, which means Schumer who said, I will fight this at all costs, it’s just good political theater. The reality is if things go forward the way President Trump thinks so or our own Senator Orin Hatch thinks. It’s probably likely that he’s’ going to get those 50 votes,” said Perry.
Senator Orrin Hatch has a had an influence on the Supreme Court for many years and this time is no different.
“He wields a lot of power in this one. He was on the Judiciary Committee for such a long time and everyone in political circles knows judges have to pass through Orrin Hatch and when he decides who’s in he’s pretty good at getting them through,” said Perry.
He also talks about the partisan process and how he sees the final outcome playing out.