Lisa Murkowski says she needs more information on Supreme Court nominee

Lisa Murkowski says she needs more information on Supreme Court nominee

After initially objecting to Kavanaugh's nomination, AFA explained on Tuesday that because of concerns expressed by its supporters and friends in the pro-life movement, it was "willing to let this process play out" and get clarification via the confirmation process.

The president's announcement came with fanfare in the east room of the White House with Trump's wife, Melania, Vice-President Mike Pence and several senators in attendance. And the two issues I mentioned are important.

He talked about how his mother teaching in Washington D.C. public schools taught him the importance of equality and diversity.

Kavanaugh then clerked for appellate judges Walter Stapleton and Alex Kozinski before clerking for Justice Kennedy - whose seat Kavanaugh would take if confirmed.

Kavanaugh even name dropped Justice Elena Kagan in his remarks.

Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right. Jones is already getting pressure from Republicans back home, including a potential challenger in Jones's 2020 reelection, to support Kavanaugh. That is not what Kavanaugh wrote. "But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office". "But we were operating under a law that said this is what the independent counsel's job is, so that's what we did", Leipold said.

"Not only did Mr. Kavanaugh say that a president should not be subpoenaed, he said a president shouldn't be investigated", Schumer said. Kay Cole James, president of the Heritage Foundation, said Trump "has selected yet another highly-qualified individual who, like Neil Gorsuch, will be impartial, fair, and principled". "So, Trump picked the guy who thinks presidents shouldn't be prosecuted".

As a member of Ken Starr's staff, Kavanaugh pushed for an aggressive prosecution of President Clinton. Judge Karen L. Henderson said that undocumented immigrants did not have the right to an abortion under Roe vs. Wade. But Kavanaugh has ruled on abortion cases in the past, and legal reporter Mark Joseph Stern fears that he may interpret the "undue burden" standard as loosely as possible - effectively undoing Roe v. Wade by finding that restrictive anti-abortion laws don't violate this standard.

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One case likely to draw attention is Kavanaugh's 2015 dissenting opinion on the health care law's contraceptives mandate.

I think something is wrong in not just the confirmation process for our court but for lower courts more generally.

"Low-Energy Jeb" was how Trump mocked President George W. Bush's brother during the 2016 campaign.

Later he was part of Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush's winning the presidency. Collins is considered a Republican who often works across the aisle and has voted with both Democrats and Republicans.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right, meets with Sen.

What were the Democrats thinking?

Barring any unexpected discoveries, do you expect Kavanaugh's nomination to be successful? "There weren't any questions on constitutionalist judicial philosophy and application of the Constitution - whereas with Kavanaugh, there are some questions", he explains. Conservatives are hoping to win over at least some moderate Democratic senators to solidify Kavanaugh's chances.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is a Democrat representing a red state, which probably has something to do with his open mind to Trump's Supreme Court nominee. "That sounds less like a Supreme Court Justice and more like a waiter at Ruby Tuesday" s", Colbert said. "I have no doubt he is going to be a great justice", he said.

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