As Republicans try to rush through the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice — locking in a 5-4 conservative majority on the bench — before November’s mid-term elections, I spoke with Monocle 24’s The Briefing and BBC Radio Foyle on Tuesday about the political and legal situation.

From the standpoint of the Republicans, they want control over this nomination and confirmation which is likely to shape the Court for decades….

For Donald Trump, it’s even wider than this — his belief, based on Kavanaugh’s record, that Kavanaugh can be a potential block on any attempt to impeach him.

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I think, irrespective of the other troubles for Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed as Supreme Court Justice within the next few weeks.

Kavanaugh walks away from Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland, Florida mass shooting in February: