Questions about Kavanaugh temper enthusiasm for Trump pick

Federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a longtime judge and former clerk of retiring Justice Kennedy

Federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a longtime judge and former clerk of retiring Justice Kennedy

That hasn't stopped Trump and others from predicting more openings.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the first to meet with Kavanaugh, along with Vice President Mike Pence and Kavanaugh's "sherpa" throughout the confirmation process, former Arizona GOP Sen.

Kavanaugh's hard-line conservative record, compared with that of retiring centrist-conservative Kennedy, would mean diminished individual rights for women and minorities, affecting access to abortion and opportunities for racial affirmative action.

Kavanaugh: "On the question of Roe v. Wade, if confirmed to the DC Circuit, I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully".

Democrats hope two Republicans who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, will vote against the nominee.

"She has tended to vote for the nominees, and I think it's pretty likely she'll do that again", said professor Amy Fried, chair of the University of Maine's Department of Political Science. "The American public deserves to know what Kavanaugh saw and heard, and if he did witness or hear about any harassment, what he did or could have done to report it". Special counsel Robert Mueller, of course, is now investigating potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. As they used to say in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.

In a dissent past year, he wrote that "Supreme Court precedent establishes that Internet service providers have a First Amendment right to exercise editorial discretion over whether and how to carry Internet content".

The Democrats' argument on presidential power may not sway Republican senators, but it will resonate with voters, said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. He described how his mother went on to earn a law degree, become a prosecutor and a judge. But it is already clear that this is going to be a heated confirmation process, very different from Gorsuch's cakewalk in 2017, meaning its outcome is far from a sure thing.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would receive a raise of nearly 16% from his current, $220,600-per-year salary for his role as a circuit judge. Rob Portman (R-OH), not in picture, at his office in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority. The NRA's six million members and tens of millions of supporters who voted for President Trump have ensured that the framers' vision of constitutional freedom will have a strong voice on the court for decades to come.

Fallon, who is the executive director of Demand Justice, a new group that promotes progressive judicial nominees, said his organization has been working to persuade senators to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation. Those included a number of disputed cases, including ones supporting same-sex marriage and a woman's right to an abortion. The ease of Supreme Court confirmations depends, in part, on electoral politics in the Senate. He proposed that Congress adopt legislation specifying that the president "is not subject to indictment or information under the laws of the United States while he serves as president".

What would it take for President Donald Trump to get yet another Supreme Court pick?

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination.

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