Democrat hopes fade as senators welcome Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

"Judge Kavanaugh's background as a partisan political operative seems exactly like the kind of man President Trump would want on the Supreme Court if legal issues from the Mueller probe arise: deferential to a fault to executive authority, and with a long track record of partisan politics", Schumer said Tuesday.

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative policy advocacy group backed by the influential Koch network, has planned a seven-figure ad campaign to support Kavanaugh, as it did a year ago on behalf of Gorsuch, as well as mounting a grassroots campaign in Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Hatch demurred when asked by reporters whether Trump is nominating Kavanaugh.

Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said judges probably shouldn't face recusal just because Trump picked them. And when I say "the conservative cause", I don't mean just the positions your local Republican congressional candidate might advocate. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain.

Trump "did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail - nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights", the NY senator said.

He once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace and now works as an appeals court judge in Washington DC. Barrett, in her mid-40s, is a judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; she was nominated by Trump.

Kavanaugh will be on Capitol Hill Monday, meeting with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence.

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right.

Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support", Trump said.

Hours before Trump was to name his nominee, the White House announced Monday that Kyl would serve as the potential justice's "sherpa" - a guide throughout the process. The messaging initially centered on the future of abortion rights in the US under a court with Kavanaugh on it.

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

Other Trump-state Democrats on the fence include Sens. "We need to vote this November like our lives depend on it - because they do".

As for the right, many will likely back Trump's pick in the hopes of pushing the high court in a conservative direction, but not everyone is pleased.

Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Former New Hampshire Sen.

Donald Trump's pick for the US Supreme Court will irrevocably tip the court's balance against LGBT rights.

Now, Casey is certainly within his rights to oppose Kavanaugh because he finds his votes in the various cases referenced above extreme or problematic.

Though he authored the report that suggested grounds for Clinton's impeachment, Kavanaugh eventually came to reverse course, questioning whether a sitting president should be subject to the burdens of criminal proceedings.

Trump is facing a lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who said that he groped and kissed her.