Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight

Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight

Both CNN and Politico report that Trump's one-on-one meeting with Kennedy cemented the choice, though NBC News went further in its reporting and is now taking flak for going public with-and then retracting-a one-source allegation of a deal between Kennedy and the White House.

But Kavanaugh's nomination has triggered consternation among pro-choice progressives who have viewed him as a threat to abortion rights.

The official says Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read. "He's someone that has the character, the background, the career and the record that gave President Trump the confidence to know that when he appointed Judge Kavanaugh. he would be another Constitutional conservative".

"We look forward to the confirmation process, which will unfold in the next few weeks", McConnell said, ignoring a question about whether Democrats would support the nomination.

While many Democratic senators swiftly issued statements rejecting Kavanaugh late Monday, Indiana's Joe Donnelly was noncommittal, pledging to "carefully review and consider the record and qualifications of Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

Kavanaugh disappointed social conservatives in a 2017 case involving a pregnant teenage immigrant in federal custody who wanted an abortion.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt - the dean of Alabama congressmen in the lower chamber - urged the Senate to quickly confirm Kavanaugh.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is seen in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018.

"Obviously that's one of the cases that I'm sure i'll be discussing with him", Collins said.

Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick
The White House and Republican party want the nomination in the bag before November's mid-term elections. But the situation appeared to remain fluid. "I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S.

Pence, who is also president of the Senate, called Kavanaugh a "good man" and "quite simply the most qualified and the most deserving nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States". He said "that's the accountability that will be lost if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed".

"You've got to overlook his Ivy League background and how they don't teach much in the way of the Constitution", said the former judge, who got his law degree at Baylor.

"President Trump did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail [in 2016]: nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights and strike down health care protections for millions of Americans", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, adding that "civil rights, labor rights, environmental rights, LGBTQ [sexual minority] rights" are at risk.

He said the one who came up with an idea for a list of candidates was Trump, not Leo and not the Heritage Foundation - which also drew Schumer's ire. Trump's advisers and boosters made clear in the days following Kennedy's announcement that his replacement would be more in the vein of Trump's first SCOTUS pick, Gorsuch: an originalist, textualist, and all-around judicial conservative.

No confirmation hearings have yet been scheduled for Kavanaugh but the judicial nominee is scheduled to meet with Orrin Hatch of Utah, a seven-term senator and former chair of the Senate judiciary committee, on Wednesday.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition.

Some Republican senators had favored other options. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. "I strongly urge my Senate counterparts not to approve any nominee who was chosen by President Trump until the investigation into his campaign's collusion with Russian Federation has concluded".

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