Collins And Murkowski Hedge Their Bets After Kavanaugh Announcement

Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress.

That's why Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee, probably isn't surprised that a certain Minnesota Law Review piece he wrote in 2009 about sitting presidents and indictments is getting plenty of attention.

Kavanaugh is more socially conservative than the judge he might replace.

His father, also a lawyer, was mentioned merely for inspiring the nominee's love of sports, which Kavanaugh says he has passed on to his young daughters, whose basketball teams he coaches.

Additionally, Democrats are likely to appeal to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's interest in history and transparency in their effort to get Kavanaugh's full paper trail.

Analysts say that could have weighed in his favour with the White House, given that the Supreme Court may at some point be asked to rule on matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation.

Liberals plan to paint Kavanaugh as an extremist who can not be trusted, because of the process through which he was chosen, which included being part of a preapproved list drawn up for Trump during the campaign.

Leo, who had helped Trump compile the original list of nominees, said that he would pick Kavanaugh, with Kethledge and Barrett a close second. "Locked in from the start", is how CNN puts it, adding that Trump liked the 53-year-old for the top court even before Anthony Kennedy announced he was leaving. She also lashed out and what she called "liberal activist judges". He noted that he understood the gravity of this matter and believed Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" like Neil Gorsuch, last year's replacement for "the late great Justice Antonin Scalia".

Nine Senate Democrats up for re-election this year in states that President Donald Trump won are taking a wait-and-see attitude about rejecting Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court despite calls by Democratic leaders to block him at any cost.

Cashman signed a letter, organized by Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, backing the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who's now a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia.




"We look forward to the confirmation process, which will unfold in the next few weeks", McConnell said, ignoring a question about whether Democrats would support the nomination.

Both CNN and Politico report that Trump's one-on-one meeting with Kennedy cemented the choice, though NBC News went further in its reporting and is now taking flak for going public with-and then retracting-a one-source allegation of a deal between Kennedy and the White House.

"This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified, been on the court, know what they're doing, mainstream judges", Graham said.

Jones was among the Democratic lawmakers invited to the announcement at the White House but did not attend.

Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Senator Bob Corker (R- TN) said Kavanaugh is held in high regard, having heard critical cases in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Former New Hampshire Sen.

Trump is facing a lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who said that he groped and kissed her.

The crux of the conservative disagreement over Kavanaugh's Obamacare record comes from a single decision in 2011.

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