Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

Trump nominates Catholic for Supreme Court

Trump nominates Catholic for Supreme Court

Jon Kyl. He also met for roughly 30 minutes with Sen.

And so did the Senate's other two most endangered Democrats, Sens.

"They're going to try to make the whole confirmation process about specific outcomes", said Sasse. She said Kozinski fondled her in a vehicle after an event in the mid-1980s and invited her to go to a motel and have sex.

"If we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women's reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it", Schumer told CBS News Tuesday.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell threw his support behind Kavanaugh's nomination. If Manchin votes against Kavanaugh, it will be more ammunition in the GOP arsenal come November. "This is an opportunity for Senators to put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command", McConnell said in a statement.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of United States society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions.

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Democrats vowed to do everything in their power over the next few months to block the new appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative judge, to the country's highest judicial body, while Republicans said they would "lift heaven and Earth" to have him confirmed. The two have supported access to abortion services. From among Mr. Trump's top contenders leading up to Monday night, Kavanaugh is perhaps most likely to secure Collins' support.

Thus Collins' statements on precedents look like she is trying to thread the needle between an anti-choice Republican Party electorate and Maine's pro-choice general election electorate.

Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening.

"I worry about Roe v. Wade". Speculation is now running rampant on both sides as to whether Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe, in what may be the first clear pro-life majority the court has ever had. Some of the undecided Democrats already supported Justice Neil Gorsuch in his confirmation process previous year, making it potentially easier for them to vote for Kavanaugh.

In a prime-time televised announcement Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". "And that's, I think, wrong".

This was the President's second nomination.

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Kavanaugh, 53, now serves as a judge on the powerful US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Trump "chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation", Schumer said, adding that Kavanaugh has written that a president should not be investigated and could choose not to follow the law if he deemed it unconstitutional.

Some conservative and libertarian-leaning activists were disappointed by the pick and doubted it would provide Republicans with the midterm election boost they are looking for to motivate voters to the polls. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said she would review Kavanaugh's writings on and off the bench and "pay careful attention" to the answers he gives during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Especially if Rand Paul, of whom McCain certainly is no fan, becomes the sticking point.

"He can't possibly be as conservative as some people are making him out to be", Leipold said.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with opposition Democrats, said Kavanaugh would serve as a "rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires".

Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. And he speaks from experience: Kavanaugh clerked for Kenneth Starr, the special counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton.

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