Pres. Trump announces pick for Supreme Court nominee

Pres. Trump announces pick for Supreme Court nominee

From left, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and Vice President Mike Pence before a meeting in McConnell's office in the US Capitol on Tuesday. Republicans hold a 51-seat majority in the Senate, which would be sufficient to put him on the high court if all GOP senators support him.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he thinks Trump is "worried" Mueller will try to subpoena him and take other actions to advance the Russian Federation probe.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.

That's why Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee, probably isn't surprised that a certain Minnesota Law Review piece he wrote in 2009 about sitting presidents and indictments is getting plenty of attention. "Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of" Obamacare". "Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant legal mind, and is well suited to follow in the footsteps of Justice Kennedy, for whom he previously clerked".

Then, in 2000, Kavanaugh was part of an energetic pack of Republican lawyers who traveled south and worked nonstop to help then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush during the critical Florida election recount.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, said on Twitter that the Senate must do everything in its power to stop "this destructive Supreme Court pick", adding civil liberties would be at stake.

An hour earlier, she had tweeted: "Very few times I've felt threatened while out in the field".

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has significant Washington credentials. They were all carefully selected for the president by conservative activists at the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, vetted to ensure that they are devoted to the conservative cause.

Cashman signed a letter, organized by Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, backing the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who's now a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia.

Here's why: Kavanaugh's court rarely issues opinions on Monday.

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.

Mike Sacks, a reporter for the Fox television affiliate in NY and a self-described lapsed lawyer, was among the first to make the connection on Twitter.

Even under the most optimistic scenarios for Democrats across all 13 states, they would still lose the same seats by a range of one percentage point to 14 percentage points.

The Democrats are trying to pressure two Republicans, Sens.

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All three issued statements saying they're going to vet Kavanaugh carefully. "Our people are looking into everything he's done in his professional life, and I intend to go back home and ask the people of West Virginia what they think". "It should not be a rubber stamp on the extreme partisan positions of the president". He said he looks forward to the confirmation process beginning.

Senators are trying to frame the debate before Trump's 9 p.m. announcement.

So far, Democrats are uniting behind a strategy to turn the confirmation fight into a referendum on conservatives' efforts to undo abortion access, chip away at health care protections under the Affordable Care Act and protect Trump from Mueller.

Schumer says the administration's action highlights the stakes for senators. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court".

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT and a member of the Judiciary Committee, said his colleagues should press Kavanaugh to commit to recusing himself from cases involving Mueller's investigation. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

The White House hopes his close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

The focus has been on the three Democrats who voted for Neil Gorsuch in 2017: Sens.

Trump announced his choice with a prime-time address from the White House East Room.

Now, Casey is certainly within his rights to oppose Kavanaugh because he finds his votes in the various cases referenced above extreme or problematic.

Both sides will be poring over Kavanaugh's some 300 legal opinions in his 12 years as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, not to mention his legal articles and speaking engagements. He cites involvement of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in drafting the list.

But any Republican defections could be offset by centrist Democrats campaigning for re-election in conservative-leaning states Trump won handily in 2016. The race is not expected to be competitive. Jon Kyl. He also met with Sen.

Ms Collins has said she will not vote for any candidate who threatens abortion rights.

The Judicial Crisis Network, which pushes for conservative judicial nominees, will launch a $1.4 million ad campaign aimed at Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin, according to a representative for the group. "Let's just say it's the four people".

Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon as he concluded a weekend in New Jersey spent deliberating his decision at his private golf club.

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