Abortion Foe Jon Kyl Will Shepherd Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Abortion Foe Jon Kyl Will Shepherd Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

"We unite in our common belief that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh is a good man, a brilliant jurist, and is eminently qualified to serve as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court".

With the Senate's Republican leadership saying it aims to complete the confirmation process before November's midterm elections, Democrats were nearing panic mode.

Macias says there is nothing to indicate that Judge Kavanaugh would be "full blown" pro-choice member of the court.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.

Hardiman, 53, a judge on the federal court in Philadelphia, is less known in terms of his legal philosophy, but has roots in the working class that could make him attractive to the public. This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year. More importantly, JCN will be targeting the ad in red states with Democrat Senators: Alabama, North Dakota, Indiana and West Virginia. Democrats occupy 49 seats. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp - voted "yes" on the confirmation of his first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Trump also met with Republican Sens.

Within Republican ranks, Senator Susan Collins has already signalled she could break with her party if Trump taps someone hostile to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women's access to abortion.

The nominee's fate may rest with two Republican senators who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.


"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter had barely arrived in the president's hands before several of our Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all", McConnell said.

"Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee". "While I appreciate the invitation from the White House to attend this evening's announcement, I declined so that I can meet first with the nominee in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience and perspectives", he said in a statement, adding that he will be examining the nominee's record and qualifications over the coming days.

MARTIN: Is there any way to discern how much President Trump is weighing the idea of confirmability in his process?

McConnell reportedly told Trump that Kavanaugh, a former assistant and staff secretary to former President George W. Bush, has an extensive paper trail that could help Democrats prolong the nomination process. Still, Leahy doesn't talk as though Senate confirmation is a done deal.

As a result, Trump found more than twice as many judicial vacancies waiting for him when he entered the White House as Obama did.

Leaving McConnell's office, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said no decisions had been made about requesting documents from the White House. And the president moved swiftly to fill those openings with young, conservative judges.

"If we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women's reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it", Schumer told CBS News Tuesday. So far, Trump has installed more than 20 appeals court judges and more than 16 trial court judges on the federal bench.

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