Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that by picking Kavanaugh, Trump is delivering on his pledge to "punish" women for their choices. This nominee was hand-picked by anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice groups in an explicit effort to undermine equality - and the prospect of a Justice Kavanaugh threatens to erode our nation's civil rights laws, block transgender troops from bravely serving this nation and allow a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people in every aspect of American life.
"President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Shelby said in a statement. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton. Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale.
Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment. Reporters saw Kavanaugh leave the U.S. District Court of Appeals earlier in the day in what seemed to be a White House motorcade.
Some conservatives lobbied against him, worrying that his upbringing in the suburbs of D.C. could mean he'll be the kind of justice who has disappointed conservatives before. In the last generation, they have relied on the Supreme Court to legislate for them.
"My judicial philosophy is straightforward. And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent". According to the New York Times, Trump "found him likable but comparatively boring".
Trump, a former reality television star, kept the tension going until the final moments, and refused to give anyone around him a straight answer on who the final pick was.
Trump will take the bows for this sharp rightward swing, but the credit belongs to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "So again, that's why I think all of us need to be doing our due diligence".
Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a longtime member of the Judiciary Committee. They went to the Supreme Court.
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"We shouldn't lose sight of what a remarkable thing this is that has just happened tonight", she said.
Host Chuck Todd then brought up the dilemma faced by red-state Democrats. The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, which Trump won by 42 percentage points. He nominated Neil Gorsuch a year ago, who was confirmed.
Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.
Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee.
Trump has vowed to put justices on the court and overturn Roe v Wade. Given the Republican's slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, the conservative seemingly already has the numbers to take Kennedy's seat.
M Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) led a protests against Kavanaugh's nomination on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington.
This is one of the most consequential decisions any senator will make, and in evaluating Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, I will thoroughly and thoughtfully research his positions, record, and judicial temperament - but I will do so with some skepticism, because the president has made clear, both on the campaign trail and after being sworn in, the type of Supreme Court Justice he would seek to nominate with regard to important issues like a woman's right to choose, the Affordable Care Act and the limits of executive power. McConnell has rejected that possibility, saying the decision to not fill the vacancy under Obama was prefaced on it being a presidential election year.
Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well.
The White House had floated a list of four finalists, but multiple stories Tuesday suggest that President Trump's pick of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court was a no-brainer. "Now, the Senate has a responsibility to fulfill its constitutional duty, serve as a check on this reckless president and reject Brett Kavanaugh's nomination".