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Trump names Brett Kavanaugh as nominee for next supreme court justice

Trump names Brett Kavanaugh as nominee for next supreme court justice

So far, Democrats are uniting behind a strategy to turn the confirmation fight into a referendum on conservatives' efforts to undo abortion access, chip away at health care protections under the Affordable Care Act and protect Trump from Mueller.

"I don't think there's much that Democratic senators can do to slow down or to prevent his confirmation", said Suffolk Law professor Rene Reyes.

"They'll pick a certain opinion, or speculate about what Judge Kavanaugh might do on a particular issue, but this is really about their dislike for President Trump".

"In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by Justice Kennedy, President Trump has chosen a nominee with impeccable credentials and a strong record of upholding the Constitution", McCain said.

During the Gorsuch vote, three Democrats from conservative states ended up siding with Republicans, and a question now is whether they will support Kavanaugh.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh after interviewing several candidates and eventually focusing his consideration on four: Kavanaugh, Michigan federal judge Raymond Kethledge, and federal judges Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

Kavanaugh, who has written that Congress should consider exempting sitting presidents from criminal prosecution or investigation, would be a "barrier" against Trump being forced to testify in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Schumer said. There were also pledges of open minds by key senators whose votes will most likely determine the outcome.

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella coalition of more than 200 civil rights organisations in the United States, likened Kavanaugh to Trump, a property tycoon, saying "he would protect the rights of the wealthy and powerful over the rights of all".

The opposite is true of Republican Sen.

While Democrats tried to paint Kavanaugh as an extremist, Republicans said he was the type of moderate Bush might have appointed.

Starr says Kavanaugh has the merits to become the next Supreme Court justice. Schumer, demands unity: a "no" vote on Kavanaugh. During confirmation to a lower court, he promised to be deferential to the precedent. The case said that religious employers did not have to provide contraceptives but had to file a form telling the government they were not doing so, but Kavanaugh argued that the requirement violated religious freedom.

A product of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Casey stated on Monday that he wouldn't support the nominee for the Supreme Court, according to the Pennsylvania lawmaker's office.

"I don't think he would have been put on [Trump's] list had he not been one of these hard-right judges".

Casey is up for re-election in the fall midterms, with every poll done between him and Republican Lou Barletta showing Casey with an advantage. GOP leaders, with a slim majority in the Senate, are anxious to have Kavanaugh in place for the start of the court's session in October - and before the November congressional elections. Sixteen percent said that their vote isn't relevant to Trump and his policies.

This could provide some red-state Democrats with some "hope" that he will back such issues as gay rights and "other liberal causes", Schoen said. CNN has rated the race as lean Democrat. And, he has been part of some highly disputed legal cases.

Murkowski - like Republican Sen.

Alaska is more for legal abortion than the U.S. as a whole, in the 2014 PRRI Atlas, with 56% of respondents saying they support legal abortions.