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

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

President Donald Trump made his final decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday night. Others have seen an even deeper ulterior motive in the choice of a man who is seen as a Bush loyalist, a fact that should have put off Trump: Kavanaugh sees the U.S. presidency as such a unique and challenging job that he believes the White House occupant should be shielded from indictment, prosecution, or interrogation while in office.

When ruling on Seven-Sky v. Holder, Kavanaugh dissented from the majority opinion that the law's individual mandate - which compelled every American to have health insurance or face a fine - was constitutional. If she took the bait, then Democrats would have it in their power to stop the judge's confirmation by their own efforts, and that might justify endangering a Democratic senator or two if it meant forcing Trump to appoint a different kind of SCOTUS justice.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.

As a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to set valuable precedents for lower court judges all over the country to follow. The messaging initially centered on the future of abortion rights in the USA under a court with Kavanaugh on it. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy".

Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment. So far, Trump has installed more than 20 appeals court judges and more than 16 trial court judges on the federal bench.

Vice President Mike Pence, who holds a tie-breaking vote in the Senate, accompanied Kavanaugh to the meeting with McConnell.

"I think that the court is going to incrementally move to the right - I don't think it's going to be huge and dramatic", he said. But she also noted that the judge has faced criticism from some conservatives who are concerned by his previous rulings on the Affordable Care Act. The president has said he wants a nominee who could serve on the high court for decades.

The vice president said Kavanaugh's qualifications would be the key to his success.

"I predict an end to affirmative action, an end to successful litigation about religious displays and prayers, an end to bans on semi-automatic rifles, and an end to nearly all judicial restrictions on abortion", he said.

Democrats are also arguing that Trump picked Kavanaugh because of a law review article he wrote in 2009, that makes the case for deferring criminal investigations against sitting presidents.

Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five. "Trump saw Kavanaugh as his Get-Out-of-Jail Free card, and he saw that it was too good to pass up". In the case decided Monday that had to do with attorneys' fees, there would be no majority if Kavanaugh were to withdraw. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY.

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All three states lean heavily Republican.

That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee. They say the person would likely take strongly conservative views on issues like abortion and health care.

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"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.

Updated today, July 9, 2018, at 9:19 p.m. with new information throughout. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.

With little warning, the Republican administration announced it is freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses.

Kavanaugh was a frequent opponent of President Barack Obama's EPA and sought to limit or throw out many environmental regulations.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says the Arizona Republican "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court". The Senate must vote to confirm the nomination. And they certainly want Trump's choice confirmed before the November election, when Democrats have a long-shot chance of retaking the Senate majority.

Former New Hampshire Sen. In fact, the only member of "the Supremes" who isn't Catholic or Jewish is Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is Episcopalian.

At the time, he was a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He cites involvement of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in drafting the list. The race is not expected to be competitive. But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with.

The group started advertising after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

Congrats again Brett Kavanaugh.