Trump Nominates Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Trump Nominates Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Trump Nominates Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

"Now is the time for the American people to make their voices heard, loudly, clearly, from one end of this country to the other", the New York Democrat said. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights.

Kavanaugh's nomination comes as Trump's lawyers are resisting pressure to be interviewed by Mueller, who's investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, whether anyone close to Trump colluded in the meddling and whether Trump sought to obstruct the probe.

President Donald Trump has picked a Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, who doesn't think presidents should have to spend their time on pesky criminal investigations.

Republicans hold a slim, one-seat Senate majority, and a party-line vote would lead to Kavanaugh's confirmation by the narrowest of margins. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49. John McCain of Arizona, who is being treated for brain cancer, is unlikely to vote. 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.

Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Trump "did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail - nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights", the NY senator said.

Another Democrat representing a conservative state, Doug Jones (Ala.), was not in the Senate to vote on Gorsuch. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Sen. The initial list of states targeted by the Judicial Crisis Network includes ones Trump won in 2016 and where three Democrats are in tough reelection fights - Sens.

Murkowski and Collins have been the focus of a concentrated campaign against Kavanaugh by liberal groups and affiliated Democrats.

Before the meeting, McConnell accused Democrats of following a "partisan playbook" to oppose an "impressive nomination".

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The White House reportedly sent an email to industry stakeholders Monday night, highlighting Kavanaugh's pro-business and anti-regulation record in an attempt to get their help to push through his nomination.

"His nomination should be a non-starter for every member of the Senate concerned about the integrity of the special counsel's investigation and anxious about the Court undermining the rights of women to make their own medical decisions; civil rights; the rights of Americans to quality, affordable healthcare; voting rights; the rights of workers to organize for better wages and working conditions; and more", Booker said in a statement.

"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said at the White House.

Democrats point out Republicans requested similar amounts of paperwork for Obama's nominees.

The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

"The ramifications of this battle will last a generation or more".

On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service. A negative recommendation or no recommendation merely alerts the Senate that a substantial number of committee members have reservations. While I happen to think Presidents are entitled to the confirmation of their judicial nominees if they're intellectually and experientially qualified, it has always been accepted that ideology plays a major role in both the appointment and confirmation process.

Advocacy groups for and against Kavanaugh planned to spend millions of dollars in advertising to try to sway lawmakers. "Why won't she rule out voting for Trump's anti-choice picks?" both ads ask. The speakers say the nominee poses a threat to abortion rights and health care protections. The spot will launch as soon as the nominee is announced and will run for one week.

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