Meanwhile, the special counsel Robert Mueller is in negotiations with Trump's lawyers over a request to interview the president as part of his investigation into the possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election - a standoff that could be end up before the supreme court. Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.
"This is a marathon, not a sprint", said Carrie Severino, the group's chief counsel and policy director.
Trump had narrowed down his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to federal appeals judges Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.
He said "that's the accountability that will be lost if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed".
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.
Democrats are ramping up opposition to the president's eventual pick with a focus on the prospect that the candidate that's confirmed would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decades-old ruling that struck down laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions.
Harris labeled Kavanaugh, 53, as a "conservative ideologue" rather than a "mainstream jurist". Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
The liberal advocacy group Demand Justice will spend $5 million on ads through September and began airing spots Thursday in ME and Alaska aimed at pressuring Collins and Murkowski. Doug Jones, a Democrat, or inflicting political damage on him in his reelection campaign in 2020.
Other Trump-state Democrats on the fence include Sens.
Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Collins, a moderate Republican, has generally supported court nominees put forth by Republican presidents. With Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on sick leave, a single "no" vote by a Republican could ruin the confirmation.
At the top of that list is abortion.
Both Baldwin and Stabenow said they had concerns, but didn't close the door yet.
'We think that's a pretty good benchmark, ' he said. "Where we have leverage is with senators who call themselves pro-life".
Republicans are eager to have a new justice in place when the Supreme Court begins its new term in October.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would fight Kavanaugh's nomination with "everything I have", highlighting issues of healthcare and women's rights. "We are asking people to get public commitments from senators to oppose the nominee".
Video after Trump's announcement showed pro-choice protesters enraged. Neither faces re-election this year, and both are centrists who've backed abortion rights and helped block their party's 2017 effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care statute.
While conservatives debated the semantics of Kavanaugh's decision, Democrats and liberal activists were overwhelmingly alarmed by the nomination. "Where are we?", she added.
Kavanaugh is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions ahead of confirmation hearings. Collins has said she will not vote for a nominee who would overturn the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision, Roe versus Wade, that legalized abortion nationwide.
All three issued statements saying they're going to vet Kavanaugh carefully. If a law by Congress is necessary to fix the problem, it follows that without such a law, it is perfectly permissible under the Constitution to investigate a sitting president, as Starr did.
"This far-left rhetoric comes out every single time, but the apocalypse never comes", he said Monday on the floor of the Senate.
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