Supreme Court Fight: Seven Senators to Watch

Kethledge McConnell

President Trump campaigned with a promise to conservatives that he would fill the federal courts, from the top on down, with judges to their liking. Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence.

The breaking news of Mr. Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh generated almost seven times more interactions than CNN, the closest news competitor. "And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice, and mention me".

The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a Trump-appointed judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records. He previously served for five years in the White House under former USA president George W. Bush.

Kavanaugh began his career as a clerk to Anthony Kennedy, the justice long considered a critical swing vote on the Supreme Court, and will succeed him on the bench when he retires at the end of the month. He is a connected Washington insider with roots in politics and has written more than 300 opinions in the 12 years he has been on the D.C. Circuit.

Although Kavanaugh once helped write special counsel Kenneth Starr's report which outlined broad grounds on which to impeach President Clinton for his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Kavanaugh's views have since evolved, which critics argue could have significant implications for President Trump.

Each of the nine justices serves a lifetime appointment. The judge ruled that documents the Federal Trade Commission had sought via subpoena were protected by attorney-client privilege.

Kavanaugh still lives in the D.C. area, raising his kids in the Maryland suburbs just miles from the White House.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward".

"Brett Kavanaugh has been one of the most learned judges in America on a variety of issues, ranging from theories of statutory interpretation to separation of powers", added William N. Eskridge, Jr.

The press had spent the day chasing rumors of Trump talking to friends and aides about narrowing his picks. Mueller wants to question Trump, and negotiations are ongoing.

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Whatever Kavanaugh's leanings may be on hot-button topics, Republicans accused their Democratic colleagues of elevating political considerations over the nominee's qualifications as a jurist. Thomas, at 70, is the oldest of the court's remaining Republican appointees.

Leo said, however, that Trump would ultimately succeed at lining up conservative support for anyone he selected.

If Republicans lose the Senate, they would still have control of the chamber until January. This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won. Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights.

Democrats, however, have expressed concern that Kavanaugh could overturn the 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

Cornyn says Democrats have pledged to stop the nominee at all costs, but "we will see President Trump's nominee confirmed on a timely basis". But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and all 10 Democrats on the Judiciary panel gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court Tuesday to oppose Kavanaugh.

After endorsing Trump choice Neil Gorsuch a year ago, Cashman is at it again, this time backing Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump hailed Kavanaugh as "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time" when announcing his nomination.

Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well.

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.

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