Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts making the rounds on Capitol Hill

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee

"What matters is not a judge's political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require".

As soon as he announced his retirement plans in late June, Democrats and liberal groups mobilized, saying another Trump appointee would threaten Roe as well as the 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and scores of other decisions that have shaped modern America. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also received a heads-up from the president.

That line of thinking would be useful to Trump, who is unlikely to face impeachment so long as Republicans control Congress.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions. Kavanaugh would be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was.

That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee. Bidwill and Kavanaugh both graduated in 1983.

Kavanaugh disagreed. He compared working at SeaWorld to playing a sport like ice hockey that comes with inherent dangers, and, unlike his colleagues on the panel, argued that OSHA doesn't have the legal standing to regulate it.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has significant Washington credentials.

Republicans hold a 51-49 edge in the Senate and a few Democratic Senators from the heartland states that Trump won are expected to vote for Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh later worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Kavanaugh on the court, says Van Hollen, represents a threat to abortion rights, a threat to affordable health care, and a vote for "king-like powers for the president of the United States". They want their politburo.

Is there a Supreme Court sign in these tea leaves? Booker said in a statement following the nomination announcement.

Despite his conservative track record, it's unlikely that the seating of Kavanaugh would create a dramatic rightward shift in the court when it comes to labor law.
"We've got some due diligence", Murkowski told reporters.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News.

The centrist Anti-Defamation League was also wary of Trump's nominee.

One key red state Democrat, West Virginia's Joe Manchin, said he had no issue with the article and was keeping an open mind.

"The people who are on the wrong side of the culture are the Left", he said. "I support President Trump's nominee, and I hope the Senate will move expeditiously to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, a high quality and uniquely qualified nominee".

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.

Elected officials in NY, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen. Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement. Schumer asked what he personally thought about the ruling, but Kavanaugh said it wasn't "appropriate" to reveal his own opinion.

If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Justice Kennedy, who served on the bench for 30 years and was appointed to the position by President Ronald Reagan. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

No confirmation hearings have yet been scheduled for Kavanaugh but the judicial nominee is scheduled to meet with Orrin Hatch of Utah, a seven-term senator and former chair of the Senate judiciary committee, on Wednesday. Kelly Ayotte served as the "sherpa" for Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

But one of their prime targets, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania - up for re-election - says he'll be opposed.

On the D.C. Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh sided with Priests for Life against the Obama administration's contraception mandate, but also suggested the government has a "compelling interest in facilitating access to contraception for the employees of.religious organizations". He cites involvement of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in drafting the list.

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