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Liberal groups launches ads against prospective Trump Supreme Court nominees

Liberal groups launches ads against prospective Trump Supreme Court nominees
© Greg Nash

The liberal judicial advocacy group Demand Justice has launched a five-figure digital ad campaign to criticize prospective nominees to the Supreme Court from President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE.

The court has no vacancies, but speculation that there will be an opening always spikes over the summer as the court nears the end of its term, and retirements are sometimes announced.

The Demand Justice ads began Tuesday, and are focused on two prospective candidates on President Trump’s short list for a future vacancy.

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The ads target Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Brett Kavanaugh, a judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ad slams Barrett as an outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act, who will vote to overturn it if elected to the court.

It criticizes Kavanaugh as someone who would back Trump if the court has to weigh in on whether he can be subpoenaed by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE.

The ad notes a law review article Kavanaugh wrote expressing his view that a president should get to decide whether and when he can be investigated, and that a sitting president should not be able to be indicted.

Brian Fallon, the nonprofit’s executive director, said the Ditch the List digital ad campaign first reported by BuzzFeed is an initial investment that could grow to seven figures if there’s a full-fledged confirmation fight.

“Typically we would be in a reactive posture awaiting a decision by the president about who he will nominate but this president took the unprecedented step of advertising the short list he’s going to pick from so our position is we can formulate judgments about these people now,” said Fallon, who served as press secretary for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Hillary Clinton backs Manhattan DA candidate in first endorsement of year NSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison MORE’s presidential campaign and was a former spokesman for Obama-era Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderObama planning first post-2020 fundraiser Democratic group launches seven-figure ad campaign on voting rights bill Biden: 'Simply wrong' for Trump DOJ to seek journalists' phone records MORE.

Trump has a list of 25 people who he would consider for the Supreme Court. It includes 15 federal appellate court judges, 9 state court judges and one U.S. Senator – Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeBig Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot Matt Stoller says cheerleading industry shows why antitrust laws are 'insufficient' MORE (R) of Utah.