Congressional Democrats have launched an offensive to stop the confirmation of US President Donald Trump’s new nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, but acknowledged they have limited options.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has sought to galvanize the Democrats’ effort around the risks that a conservative court could pose to affordable health care and abortion laws.
Schumer has also focused on Kavanaugh’s expressions of support for broad presidential powers, such as his 2009 article in the Minnesota Law Review that seeks to protect sitting presidents from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits.
“He is almost certainly the one who would most yield to presidential power, to say that if a president deems a law unconstitutional he doesn’t have to obey it,” the top Democrat said. “That’s dangerous at any time, but it’s particularly dangerous when Donald Trump is president.”
Some Democratic senators are…