Local reaction to SCOTUS nominee

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh made his rounds today on Capitol Hill.

He has been nominated by the president to potentially replace a swing vote in our nation's highest court.

Kavanaugh is considered an intellectual powerhouse, with a clear conservative judicial philosophy and a lengthy record.

Key issues being discussed about this change in the court include limiting abortion rights, and EPA restrictions, which could include the impaired status of Lake Erie.

Supreme Court decisions have ended unanimously nearly half the time give or take over the last few years, but that means for the other half, it's a split decision.

A local expert explains why President Trump's new Supreme Court pick could affect us here in Ohio, as well as across the nation.

"Kind of across the board, you're going to see a pretty solid conservative block of 5 republican appointed justices, against a pretty liberal block of 4 democratic appointed justices," Dr. Sam Nelson, Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Toledo said.

New issues facing the court are much of the reason for uncertainty.

"If there's a legal conflict coming out of the Muller investigation, like, can the president be subpoenaed for an interview? Can the president be indicted? Those are big constitutional questions that are difficult. The court will probably have to get involved to resolve them. Those are things people are probably going to ask about during the confirmation process, and I think they're things that both democrats and republicans want answers to," said Nelson.

With republicans controlling congress right now, there is little chance that Kavanaugh won't be confirmed. His nomination comes only two weeks after former Justice Anthony Kennedy stepped down.

The new Supreme Court term begins October 1 and many believe despite an extensive paper trail up for review, Kavanaugh will be confirmed by then.

"If we think things are a little crazy right now surrounding this nomination, it's nothing compared to what it would be like if Justice Ginsberg were to retire next year, or if Justice Breyer were to get ill, or something like that were to happen," Nelson warned.

Republicans need just 50 votes to confirm Kavanaugh. With the midterm elections coming up, the Trump administration and lead republicans want the confirmation done quickly.

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