Progressive groups urge defeat of Kavanaugh

Progressive groups urge defeat of Kavanaugh

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Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) ahead of his confirmation hearings, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) ahead of his confirmation hearings, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

WASHINGTON — Eight days before the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court-nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is scheduled to begin, progressive groups are working tirelessly to defeat the nomination.

“We need [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer [D-N.Y.] to pull the Democrats together,” Elizabeth Beavers, associate policy director of Indivisible Project, said during a press call on Monday.

Beavers added: “They need to focus on flippable Republicans.”

“This is a winnable fight,” said Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon, a former Hillary Clinton aide.

The hearing is scheduled to begin on Sep. 4 and is expected to last three or four days, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has said.

The call for action comes as Democrats are trying to obtain documents related to Kavanaugh’s tenure as White House staff secretary during the administration of President George W. Bush.

The death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) from brain cancer on Saturday leaves the Senate almost evenly divided.

Republicans occupy 50 seats. Democrats occupy 49 seats.

Pro-choice GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have said they will announce their decision following the confirmation hearing.

Red-state Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota are up for re-election this year and have also taken a wait-and-see approach.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on July 9. Kavanaugh, 53, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Ellen Ratner contributed to this article. 

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