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13 July, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

But as soon as Trump announced his nominee, Democratic leaders denounced the judge and vowed to attempt to block his nomination or at least hold off Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court until after the 2018 midterm elections.

After initially objecting to Kavanaugh's nomination, AFA explained on Tuesday that because of concerns expressed by its supporters and friends in the pro-life movement, it was "willing to let this process play out" and get clarification via the confirmation process.

While one national political analyst said McCain, who has been in Arizona since late past year battling brain cancer, may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Kavanaugh be confirmed, another Arizona lawmaker has different thoughts.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT said on Wednesday that Trump, in choosing Kavanaugh, is "trying to rig a Supreme Court such that it will strike down protections for pre-existing conditions and he has a case ready to move to the Supreme Court to do just that". If confirmed, he would replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Kavanaugh once clerked.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's entry in the Georgetown Preparatory School yearbook also included references to the "Beach Week Ralph Club" and "Rehoboth Police Fan Club".

While Collins has praised Kavanaugh's "impressive credentials", which include a dozen years as a federal judge, she said she would vote against any nominee who is "hostile" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that cemented the legality of abortions nationwide.

"I think he very much shares the same judicial philosophy as Justice Gorsuch, so I look forward to supporting his nomination", Cornyn said.

Democrats have launched a bitter fight against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh - despite long odds that they can overcome the Republicans' slim Senate majority.

Many of Heitkamp's colleagues-as well as her Republican opponent for Senate this November, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.,-shared their thoughts nearly immediately after the announcement.

Yale Constitutional law professor Akhil Reed Amar praised Kavanaugh in an op-ed for the New York Times, titled "A Liberal's Case for Brett Kavanaugh", writing that this is Trump's "finest hour, his classiest move". Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are among those on his radar. "But I just wanted to highlight that to him", Sullivan said. The U.S. Senate votes on nominees to be Justices on the Supreme Court. The poll I cited above found that 68 percent of North Dakota voters want Heitkamp to vote to confirm Kavanaugh. He said he would work to defeat Kavanaugh, in his words, "with everything I have".

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