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 TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades 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 ManafortGiuliani draws attention with latest trip to Ukraine GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties GOP fantasies about Ukrainian election 'interference' blow up Trump's impeachment defense MORE, who was convicted on tax charges; dismissed officials like former adviser Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanAuthor of anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed to publish book Juan Williams: Black Republicans call out Trump — finally — on race Michael Cohen denies Omarosa advising him in prison 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 CollinsHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump Giffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days MORE (R-Maine), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (R-Nev.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetKey House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills Bloomberg on 2020 rivals blasting him for using his own money: 'They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money' Senators want FERC to protect critical infrastructure from Huawei threats MORE (D-Colo.).

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