Liberal groups launches ads against prospective Trump Supreme Court nominees

Liberal groups launches ads against prospective Trump Supreme Court nominees
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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 John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 ClintonState polling problematic — again 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet 'Unmasking' Steele dossier source: Was confidentiality ever part of the deal? MORE’s presidential campaign and was a former spokesman for Obama-era Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderObamas discuss pandemic, voting, anxiety and community in new podcast Joy Reid debut delivers 2.6 million viewers for MSNBC The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Republicans rejigger summer convention plans 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 LeeTea Party rises up against McConnell's trillion relief plan Hillicon Valley: Twitter bans thousands of QAnon accounts | Bipartisan support grows for election funds in Senate stimulus bill | Senate committee advances bill to ban TikTok from federal devices Senators demand answers on expired surveillance programs MORE (R) of Utah.