Prior to being tapped by Trump, some conservatives questioned Kavanaugh's bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role in the Starr investigation of Clinton. The Supreme Court nominee argued in the past that President Bill Clinton could have been impeached for lying to and misleading both his staff and the public at large.
"Judge Kavanaugh has long demonstrated that he will not be a fair-minded constitutionalist who will fight for equality and justice for all".
"Whoever the president selects tonight, if that is from the pre-approved list, everyone ought to understand what it means for the freedom of women to make their own health care decisions and for the protection of Americans with pre existing conditions, those rights will be gravely threatened", said Schumer. Hardiman, a one-time cab driver from Waltham, Massachusetts who was the first member of his family to attend college, served alongside Trump's older sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, on the 3rd Circuit. He is a longtime judge and former clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Trump's nominees edged out 3 other reported frontrunners: Raymond Kethledge, a strict interpreter of the US Constitution; Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic and social conservative; and Thomas Hardiman, a staunch gun rights advocate. Given the Republican's slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, the conservative seemingly already has the numbers to take Kennedy's seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised to push for confirmation with similar speed.
Other red-state senators up for reelection, such as Sens.
Democrats were quick to express their displeasure and outrage.
Trump announced his pick fewer than two weeks after Kennedy said he would end his 30-year career on the bench. One night after Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump met with Democratic Sens.
Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets.
The issue even prompted moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has expressed disquiet about the nomination of a judge who might overturn Roe v. Wade. The two have supported access to abortion services. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business. At the top of that list is abortion. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment. The judge ruled in favor of the state. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he told the assembled dignitaries, as Trump beamed.
Kavanaugh's views on presidential power and abortion are expected to draw particular attention in his confirmation hearing.
Kavanaugh, 53, was first nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush in 2003.
On abortion, Kavanaugh voted in October to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody. Last fall, he joined a panel of judges in issuing an order to prevent an undocumented immigrant teenager in USA detention from obtaining an abortion. Is there a chance they might break ranks and vote for the nominee? I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.
Kyl will be guiding the nominee on Capitol Hill and introducing them to Senators as part of his duties, but Trump has not yet indicated who he will ultimately pick. Republicans meanwhile are lobbying the White House on behalf of their preferred candidate.
Kavanaugh now faces the confirmation process. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won. "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". She tweeted: "PLEASE GOD, NOMINATE KAVANAUGH, @realDonaldTrump!"
Some of the protesters got on 5th Ave. and laid down on the roadway in front of Trump Tower.
Democrats have little leverage as they try to halt the nomination - though the court's rightward lurch could stoke liberal turnout in the midterm elections in which the House of Representatives is in play.
After about 30 minutes, some of the protesters, including Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams, were arrested. "He will be a strong, principled voice on the Supreme Court".
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