Here's what Susan Collins said about Trump's Supreme Court pick

Here's what Susan Collins said about Trump's Supreme Court pick

Conservative political action groups have already announced media campaigns to pressure them to back Kavanaugh.

Outgoing conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy has upheld abortion rights with liberal justices.

"Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said of Kavanaugh.

Meanwhile the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage - which has long advocated a strategy of stacking the Supreme Court with conservatives in order to undermine rulings on LGBT equality - is jubilant at the pick.

"President Trump said he was going to put somebody on the court who was going to overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal and take away preexisting conditions and that's what he's got", Sen.

Republicans hold a slim, one-seat Senate majority, and a party-line vote would lead to Kavanaugh's confirmation by the narrowest of margins.

One measure of a judge's influence is how many of his clerks wind up working in the Supreme Court. President George W. Bush first nominated Brett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 25, 2003. Leo pointed out that in the 36 years after the decision, only one justice on the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, has explicitly said that e would overturn Roe v. Wade.

"Very few times I've felt threatened while out in the field".

While conservatives debated the semantics of Kavanaugh's decision, Democrats and liberal activists were overwhelmingly alarmed by the nomination.

Republicans are eager to have a new justice in place when the Supreme Court begins its new term in October.

The Senate will now vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. While I happen to think Presidents are entitled to the confirmation of their judicial nominees if they're intellectually and experientially qualified, it has always been accepted that ideology plays a major role in both the appointment and confirmation process.

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Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right. Since the mandate did not kick in until 2014, he wrote, the court could not render an opinion. "My body, my choice!" and "hey, hey, ho, ho, Kavanaugh has got to go!"

At Monday night's announcement in the East Room, Judge Kavanaugh, 53, said: "Mr President, thank you".

Mike Sacks, a reporter for the Fox television affiliate in NY and a self-described lapsed lawyer, was among the first to make the connection on Twitter.

Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all face reelection in the fall in states Trump won.

The president has also been wooing red-state Democrats as a kind of insurance policy.

"I think he's solid on religious liberty, I think he's solid on the life issue, I think he is an originalist".

Appellate court judge Brett Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump's pick to fill the soon-to-be vacant spot on the Supreme Court bench. "It should not be a rubber stamp on the extreme partisan positions of the president".

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.

Cornyn spoke shortly after Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said any of Trump's likely nominees poses a threat to the Affordable Care Act and a woman's right to have an abortion.

With little warning, the Republican administration announced it is freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses. In her statement, she said President Trump's nomination was a "destructive tool on a generation of progress for workers, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color and families" and that it was to "radically reverse the course of American justice and democracy".

A former high-level attorney in an independent counsel's office, familiar with the president's legal strategy, told ABC News that there's nothing in Kavanaugh's previous writings that indicate he has pre-determined his stance on anything related to Mueller's probe that could eventually make it before the Supreme Court. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Kelly Ayotte served as the "sherpa" for Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania - up for re-election - says he'll be opposed.

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