Brett Kavanaugh Just Sided With the Supreme Court's Four Liberal Justices to Hand Apple a Potentially Major Defeat

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Some Apple users are pursuing an antitrust lawsuit against the company for its 30% commission on apps featured in the online App Store.

In Apple v. Pepper, Apple argued that only app developers had the right to sue the company—since the commission comes from developer profits. However, consumers argued that the commission is passed on to them in the form of higher app prices.


The court sided with the consumer, with Trump appointee Justice Brett Kavanaugh siding with the four Democrat-appointed Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer. Conservative-appointed Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts, and Clarence Thomas sided with Apple.

The decision marks a split between President Donald Trump's two appointed Justices, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, with Kavanaugh writing the majority opinion.

The opinion states that, because the App Store is the only place where users can "lawfully buy apps," consumers could sue the company for unfair use of monopoly power.

Many stood in agreement with the decision, but stood wary of whether Kavanaugh—whose controversial nomination process deepened a growing rift between Democrats and Conservatives—will continue this pattern of apparent open-mindedness.

The crucial point that iPhone users can only purchase apps from the App store can be argued by consumers as an abuse of monopoly power may ripple to other online stores with exclusive apps and content.

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The Senate undertook one of the gravest American political processes on Tuesday when the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump began in earnest as House Managers and Trump's defense team debated to set the rules for the ensuing trial.

On Wednesday, the Democratic impeachment managers began their 24 allotted hours (set over the course of three days) to make their case against Trump. Their case has cited documents, videos, and Trump's own words to create a compelling case for the removal—or at least for hearing more evidence previously withheld by the White House.

But are Republican Senators listening?

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Late last year, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two articles:

  • Abuse of Power
  • Obstruction of Congress

Trump's allies have railed against both articles, but the obstruction of Congress charge has come under particular focus.

During its initial investigation, the House committees overseeing impeachment requested documents and witnesses from the White House, the State Department, and the Office of Management and Budget that would help get to the bottom of just what the deal was with Ukraine's foreign policy.

When they denied the House's request, the House subpoenaed the departments for the evidence. Claiming executive privilege, their subpoenas went ignored.

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House Impeachment Managers and President Donald Trump's defense team debated the rules for the ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate. The proceedings lasted for 13 hours and went on until around 2 o'clock in the morning.

Hours into the debate, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) responded to a rhetorical question from Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, who had asked "Why are we here?"

It led to a mic drop moment for Jeffries.

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This past December, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing where it heard from constitutional scholars and legal experts as to whether President Donald Trump's pressure on Ukraine to open politically beneficial investigations warranted impeachment.

House Democrats brought forth three witnesses who argued in favor of impeachment, and House Republicans brought one: George Washington University's public interest law chair, Jonathan Turley.

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The White House Counsel is a staff appointee of the President and Vice President of the United States. Their role is to advise the President on all legal issues concerning the President and their administration.

Pat Cipollone has served as the current White House Counsel for President Donald Trump since December 2018.

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In the current political landscape of the United States, you'd be hard-pressed to find any issue that Americans on which both sides of the ideological spectrum agree.

But it turns out that even on an issue as divisive as the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Republicans and Democrats agree on something.

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