Trump legal adviser talks up Kavanaugh and Barrett for Supreme Court

  • Trump legal adviser talks up Kavanaugh and Barrett for Supreme Court

Trump legal adviser talks up Kavanaugh and Barrett for Supreme Court

Kavanaugh's nomination has already sparked controversy among Democrats - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised Monday evening to fight the nomination "with everything I have" during the nomination process.

A coalition of liberal groups has organized at least 39 events on Tuesday around the country under the #SaveSCOTUS banner, a reference to liberal fears that the next justice will shift the court to the right. CNN reported no Democrat lawmakers were in the East Room when Trump made his announcement.

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones said in Twitter message on Tuesday. GOP leaders, with a slim majority in the Senate, are anxious to have Kavanaugh in place for the start of the court's session in October - and before the November congressional elections.

But nothing's a given in Washington, especially in a Senate where Republicans have just a two-vote majority - or one vote with Sen.

Per Politico, McCain in a statement said that Kavanaugh is "a fair, independent, and mainstream judge who has earned widespread respect from his peers".

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice".

When Bash asked Pence if he would still like to see Roe overturned, the devout anti-abortion advocate responded carefully: "Well, I do, but I haven't been nominated to the Supreme Court. But the constant strain through all of the rulings, through all the opinions, through all the writings is an individual who interprets the law and the Constitution as it was written and doesn't legislate from the bench". "So I doubt seriously that that's really a legitimate concern".

That kind of back and forth won't matter much come Election Day, some leading Democrats predict.

Trump said Monday he picked Kavanaugh for his "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

As Trump approached the podium, Hannity said The Associated Press had reported that Kavanaugh was the choice. Fox News was a close second to CBS past year when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch in a similar prime-time show, but that was on a winter night when many CBS viewers were probably anticipating a new episode of "NCIS". The full Senate must approve Kavanaugh's nomination before he can replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement at the end of June.

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Michael McDaniel, a constitutional law professor at Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School, said Kavanaugh is a judge with significant experience in cases involving federal agencies and has a deep understanding of both the judicial and executive branch.

Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, lauded Kavanaugh's nomination.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh meets with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley at the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018.

"If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and of the American rule of law", said President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Similar sentiments were shared by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks.

"Give him a seat on this court, and you can say goodbye to the measures in NY and CT and California that have helped save lives", Blumenthal added. Still, Leahy doesn't talk as though Senate confirmation is a done deal. Democrats hope public support for healthcare will help them repeat that victory by building opposition to Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge and Trump's second nominee to the high court.

But not all Democrats have fully committed to pursuing the issue: "I have not formed any opinions on the Muller investigation [and] the relationship to the Supreme Court as of yet", Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said Tuesday.