Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts making the rounds on Capitol Hill

Posted July 12, 2018

Ingraham said that Democrats will create "viral drama" in order to turn out their base and "slash away" at a "perfectly competent" pick like Kavanaugh. "We did prepare a press release in advance because we knew that all the people on Trump's nominee list would strip protections for nearly every marginalized group in the United States for years to come".

Heller is running for reelection in a state Hillary Clinton won.

Hatch, who had conferred with Trump on the nominee, praised the president's choice.

The Women's March responded to the criticism, saying in a tweet, "Senator Graham is right". "I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible", Kavanaugh wrote.

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones said in Twitter message on Tuesday. "I do not apply an ideological test to their personal views".

Kavanaugh in the past has made statements about respecting precedent that could help in winning over senators, particularly Murkowski and Collins.

"Red-state Democrats should vote to confirm Kavanaugh if they hope to stay in office", Schoen said.

Heitkamp was more evasive. They didn't care as much about picking Supreme Court justices as Republicans and Trump did. Trump ended up picking a former clerk of Kennedy's. I don't think that's who he is. "And I think it's going to be a attractive thing to watch over the next month".

He fought on the legal team urging Florida not to have a recount in the 2000 presidential election between Bush and Al Gore, Clinton's vice president.

"Kavanaugh has (sided) with the government in instances where the government is limiting access to abortion", Ziegler said of his 2017 dissent. She supported both Neil Gorsuch and President Obama's Supreme Court nominees.

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"The selection of Judge Kavanaugh shows that the Trump administration is serious about taming the administrative state", Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, told Reuters.

Trump "chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation", Schumer said, adding that Kavanaugh has written that a president should not be investigated and could choose not to follow the law if he deemed it unconstitutional. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are among those on his radar.

Obviously, dramatic news about Kavanaugh's record or values that proves disqualifying would change the nature of the confirmation process. Justice Kennedy was the sole Republican appointee who sided with the court's four Democratic appointees to uphold the constitutional right to procure an abortion. Kavanaugh also noted that Roe vs. Wade applies to undocumented minors.

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake breaks down, reporters have reason to question Paul's loyalty to this Supreme Court pick.

Trump's opposition fears Kavanaugh's nomination is self-serving because he is unlikely to favor criminal prosecution against Trump for alleged collusion with Russian Federation. That's something that Paul, who has a strong libertarian streak, has been vocal about opposing.

Still, Paul is No. 2 on the list because he hasn't issued his support yet.

The party lines are set. There were also pledges of open minds by key senators whose votes will most likely determine the outcome. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Collins was equivocal when asked about Kavanaugh in the Capitol on Tuesday morning. On Monday, she sounded skeptical of Kavanaugh: "He clearly is qualified for the job, but there are other issues involving judicial temperament and his judicial philosophy that also will play into my decision".

Alex Brandon/APPresident Donald Trump shakes hands with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington.

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