Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", Mr. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on "Fox News Sunday". "I don't think my role is a rubber stamp for the president". He was succeeded by Republican Jeff Flake in 2012 and is now senior counsel at Covington & Burling, the powerhouse bipartisan law and lobbying firm that boasts not just Kyl but also the likes of former Democratic Rep. Howard Berman of California and former Attorney General Eric Holder. John McCain absent while he is fighting cancer.

Groups on both sides of the abortion fight reacted in expected ways to Donald Trump's prime-time announcement that he would nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The US president said Judge Kavanaugh was known for having a "proven commitment to equal justice under the law". Conservatives have largely praised Kavanaugh's decisions from the bench on abortion, federal regulations and immigration, among other issues.

"I hope I'm wrong but I suspect this is going to be a rough tough down in the dirt ear pulling nose biting fight", Kennedy said.

"We look forward to supporting Kavanaugh throughout the confirmation process".

Leo, who had helped Trump compile the original list of nominees, said that he would pick Kavanaugh, with Kethledge and Barrett a close second.

Both endorsed Kavanaugh's candidacy for the high court in a letter addressed to Congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Kavanaugh has an extensive paper trail that could potentially enable Democrats to stretch the confirmation beyond the 2018 midterm election.

Kavanaugh's record will come under particular scrutiny for clues as to how he might vote in any future review of Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed a woman's right to an abortion.

The nomination, if confirmed by the Senate, would represent one of the most consequential decisions of Trump's presidency. The president's interview with her was only about 30 minutes - shorter than with the others. "What we need to know is that anyone coming onto the Supreme Court is going to uphold the law of the land and particularly a woman's right to decide what happens to her own body". Lisa Kurkowski - have said they would be disinclined to vote for a nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade and not treat the ruling as settled law. "How can you condemn a nominee before she or he has been named, and then declare your opposition to that person before you have even met with them?" Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent.


Kavanaugh also reportedly volunteered his time on a Supreme Court religious liberty case with Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of First Liberty Institute, and Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's lawyers who has long opposed the portion of the IRS tax code that bars nonprofits from endorsing candidates for office. Kavanaugh is a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Kavanaugh denied any involvement in crafting legal policy allowing for harsh interrogation tactics during the Senate's consideration of his nomination to the D.C. Circuit in 2005 and 2006.

He followed up with subsequent nominations of outstanding jurists to the Circuit Courts of Appeal like Jim Ho, Don Willett, and Amy Barrett.

While Kethledge and Hardiman may be easier to confirm, Barrett and Kavanaugh have the biggest name recognition among conservatives. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.

The Trump administration last month took dead aim at what's left of the Affordable Care Act after last year's botched attempt to repeal the law.

Back in January Trump took extraordinary measures to build suspense and keep the final selection under wraps, teasing shortly before the revealing that Gorsuch and federal appellate judge Thomas Hardiman were the established favorites.

"Well, it's still - let's say it's the four people". I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock, and we're all gonna be meeting at 9 o'clock.

Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, told CBS News' Nancy Cordes that any of the four candidates would be great justices, and he expects the eventual nominee to sail through their confirmation hearing and vote.

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