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Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

Senators who could cast the deciding votes on the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave little indication of where their heads were on the matter on Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump announced his nomination. Before Trump had even announced his pick, a crowd of protesters gathered at the Supreme Court building in Washington to express their opposition to whomever was selected.

Leo, who had helped Trump compile the original list of nominees, said that he would pick Kavanaugh, with Kethledge and Barrett a close second. "He's a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy".

"I plan to review Judge Kavanaugh's record thoroughly and ask him tough questions face-to-face before I make my decision", Brown said.

A Yale University graduate, in the 1990s he led an investigation into the suicide of Bill Clinton aide Vince Foster, who was linked to the Whitewater controversy that began as a probe into the presidential couple's real estate investments.

At 53, Kavanaugh is relatively young.

"I make no apologies about supporting the president in the general election and to this point", he said.

Given Kavanaugh's conservative bent, many Democrats are up in arms about the future of Obamacare should the judge be confirmed.

Also, they might win the House of Representatives this November.

Kavanaugh, in brief remarks at the White House, underscored his conservative credentials.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward".

Under Republicans' most bullish forecast, they would actually pick up six seats, the four mentioned above plus OH and Missouri.

All three face gruelling re-election campaigns this year in their conservative states.

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A nominee for the seat of swing voter Anthony Kennedy.

'People are going to claim they want every document that passed through the staff secretary's office. Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority of 50 votes for confirmation; there are 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, but Sen.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013.

The millions of documents can be requested by Senate Democrats and would take time for the National Archives, the federal court system and other stake holders to compile, meaning a confirmation hearing before the Senate leaves for August recess would be unlikely.

Trump is facing a lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who said that he groped and kissed her. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges. This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens. CNN reported no Democrat lawmakers were in the East Room when Trump made his announcement. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.

When you're a Supreme Court nominee, everything you've written in the last decade is closely examined. Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), seizing on their past support for abortion rights and their votes previous year to reject a bill that would repeal key parts of the ACA. She warned if he is confirmed, Roe vs. Wade would be overturned immediately.

"A$3 legal battle over a subpoena is the most likely".

The anxiety over defections speaks to the narrowness of the Republican's majority in the Senate.

As how Kavanaugh would rule on the highest court, perhaps the most encouraging evidence comes from a speech he delivered past year to the American Enterprise Institute on the legal philosophy of the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, whom he called "my first judicial hero".

"Now, the Senate has a responsibility to fulfill its constitutional duty, serve as a check on this reckless president and reject Brett Kavanaugh's nomination". McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.

Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well. Several of Kavanaugh's biggest ideas have found their way into Supreme Court opinions.

As a result, Trump found more than twice as many judicial vacancies waiting for him when he entered the White House as Obama did. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.