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Green group compares Kavanaugh to Cohen, Manafort

Green group compares Kavanaugh to Cohen, Manafort
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The Sierra Club is targeting President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by comparing him to other controversial people hired or nominated by Trump.

An advertisement the environmental group is pushing on the web starting Monday quotes Trump’s numerous declarations that he wants to hire the “best people,” juxtaposing Kavanaugh with Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges; former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortNew York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA Would Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts MORE, who was convicted on tax charges; dismissed officials like former adviser Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Manigault NewmanTanden seeks to defuse GOP tensions over tweets Juan Williams: The GOP's problem with women of color Trump administration sought to sue Omarosa after she announced tell-all book: report MORE and others.

"Unlike Trump's other bad hires, this one can't be fired," the ad text reads while is heard Trump speaking. "If Kavanaugh is confirmed, he's in for life."

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The video doesn’t focus on environmental matters, though it does warn that Kavanaugh on the bench would be "a loss for women's rights and environmental safeguards."

“Given Brett Kavanaugh's extreme track record on presidential power and immunity, public health, women's rights, and commonsense environmental safeguards, it's no question that the Senate must reject Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court,” Courtney Hight, director of the Sierra Club’s Democracy Program, said in a statement.

“Americans deserve a justice who will restore the balance on the court and serve as a check on the executive branch, but we know that Brett Kavanaugh will do anything but. That's why the Sierra Club is mobilizing our 3.5 million members and supporters to stop Brett Kavanaugh and protect the right of the public to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in safe communities.”

The group said it plans to spend five figures on the ad. The ad is running nationally, but the Sierra Club is promoting it in Maine, Nevada and Colorado, states with senators who are undecided on Kavanaugh and might be the key votes for or against him: Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Overnight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe, effective in FDA analysis | 3-4 million doses coming next week | White House to send out 25 million masks Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate MORE (R-Maine), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs Overnight Health Care: Biden officials announce funding to track virus variants | Senate Dems unveil public option proposal | White House: Teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen Senate Democrats unveil health care proposal with public option MORE (D-Colo.).

The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning to hold confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh next week.