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 John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign 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 ManafortDem warns Trump: 'Obstruction of justice' to fire Rosenstein Ex-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report Former White House lawyer sought to pay Manafort, Gates legal fees: report MORE, who was convicted on tax charges; dismissed officials like former adviser Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanFeehery: Are you (October) surprised? Juan Williams: Trump's war on civil rights Sales of political books up 25 percent in 2018: 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 CollinsGOP confidence grows on Kavanaugh GOP divide in Congress over Rosenstein's future Senate panel schedules Friday morning vote for Kavanaugh MORE (R-Maine), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOvernight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children GOP plays defense on ObamaCare’s pre-existing conditions Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November MORE (R-Nev.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan senators unveil proposal to crack down on surprise medical bills Multiple NFL players continue on-field protests during national anthem MORE (D-Colo.).

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