Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

This will be the second time he has been able to choose a justice in the past 18 months.

Kavanaugh is a well-known figure in Washington and has been involved in some of the biggest controversies of the past two decades. "Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack". The group's spending, which is focused on Democratic senators, will probably climb over the coming months to match the $10 million spent to support Justice Neil Gorsuch's nomination a year ago.

"He's a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues. "I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court", Kavanaugh said in his first public statement as a nominee.

It wasn't just Supreme Court nominees who needed 60 votes - federal judges and cabinet secretaries needed them as well. Some conservative activists have questioned whether he would rule sufficiently aggressively as a justice. Drawing on his experience working on the Clinton investigation and then in the Bush White House, he wrote in a 2009 law review article that he favored exempting presidents from facing both civil suits and criminal investigations, including indictment, while in office.

Though unconfirmed, the four judges up for consideration are believed to be Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward". A judge must interpret statutes as written.

"A judge must be independent", he said. In that vote, three Democrats - Ms. Heitkamp, Sen.

"When there's so little actual daylight between the four front-runners, it's not surprising that the partisans are going to try to grasp onto whatever micro distinction they can find", said Stephen Vladeck, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Texas Law School.

Regardless of what red-state Democrats decide, Republicans are confident that they can pass whomever Mr. Trump nominates.


Hardiman has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised a vote on the nomination before the November midterms, ensuring the outcome will be an issue before voters.

The White House said Trump has interviewed four potential picks, all of whom are federal appeals court judges.

The White House has assembled a team to handle communications, strategy and messaging coordination to defend and push the nomination through on Capitol Hill. "Let's say it's the four people ... they're excellent, every one".

"I'm not sure I'm leaning anywhere on those four nominees". Gorsuch restored the court's conservative majority. He also worked in the White House during George W. Bush's presidency.

In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations. Politico reported Monday that Hardiman is one of the president's top candidates to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of July.

During Trump's presidential campaign, he emphasized that he would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court bench if he was elected.

The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights.

Trump's choice is widely expected to solidify the court's conservative bloc, igniting a summer-long confirmation battle that will play out on the airwaves.

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