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Alan Dershowitz: Dems Can Delay, Not Block Kavanaugh

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 05:15 PM

Democrats might be able to delay the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but it is unlikely they will block the process long enough to directly impact the midterm elections, according to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

In an interview Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "Newsmax Now," the constitutional law expert and author of "The Case Against Impeaching Trump" said the speed of Kavanaugh's confirmation depends on whether or not the Democrats try to "put up some obstructionist tactics."

"If they want to get even" for Republicans' controversial refusal to consider former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia, "they can probably delay it . . . [but not] long enough to get to the midterms," Dershowitz said, predicting the confirmation vote will take place in early October.

"I don't think the Republican Senate played fair with the Garland nomination . . . Democrats were cheated on a seat on the Supreme Court," he said. "I don't want to see the Democrats play the same unfair game the Republicans played."

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Dershowitz also elaborated on his previous remarks President Donald Trump might ultimately have the opportunity to choose a total of five Supreme Court justices — a majority of the nation's high court — saying that should drive home to Democrats how important it is to "get control of the Senate."

As for Kavanaugh's impact, it will be felt "very slowly, very gently" initially, Dershowitz said.

"I don't think he's going to jump in and start overruling decision rights away," he said, adding, "I would say in the first two years, don't expect too much either positively or negatively."

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Democrats might want to get back at Republicans for blocking Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, but the best they can do is delay and not block Judge Brett Kavanaugh, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz.
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