Kavanaugh's professional life spent in GOP legal circles

Kavanaugh's professional life spent in GOP legal circles

"The stakes are simply too high for anything less".

"When the political winds shift, Congress never leaves policy issues alone", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has served as the legislative architect of Trump's remaking of the courts.

President Donald Trump said Monday that he is nominating Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Those closed-door visits will be carefully choreographed, but they're unlikely to change very many hearts and minds.

President Trump on Monday selected Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington's conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court's rightward tilt for a generation.

The final hours of President Trump's decision-making on his second Supreme Court nominee are being described as hectic and unpredictable - and the president has still not made a decision.

Kavanaugh heads to Capitol Hill this week to make his case for confirmation, and he will face deep skepticism and outright opposition from most if not all Democrats.

David Gaines said he chose to protest out of "anger and disappointment that the Supreme Court is going to be packed by a child who has no understanding of much less respect for the institution of constitutional law".

"It is a promise made that has become another promise kept", echoed Johnnie Moore, an informal spokesman for the group of evangelicals who advise Trump.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was expected to be contentious. "They're already starting the smearing, the besmirching, the fear mongering and the character assassination of Judge Kavanaugh".

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"I will oppose the nomination the President will (make) tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests", Casey said in a statement.

In televised remarks from the East Room of the White House, the president praised what he called Kavanaugh's "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

McConnell warned Trump earlier that Kavanaugh could be more hard to confirm given his long history and paper trail, The New York Times reported over the weekend, and sources in both parties have said it could be hard to move the nomination quickly.

But she is also seen as potentially hard to confirm, given the narrowness of the Senate GOP majority, the previous controversy in her confirmation process when she was nominated for the federal bench a year ago, her lack of a deep judicial record of opinions and her openness to overturning Roe v. Wade. Let us know by commenting below! "Kavanaugh would use the Court as a tool to doom all women to that fate". So it's perhaps no wonder their reaction was muted on Monday, offering no hints about their leanings.

It comes as no surprise that Kavanaugh-who has a vast record of conservative opinions that he has issued while on the bench-characterized his own judicial philosophy as follows: "A judge must interpret statutes as written, and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".

The Democratic senator is up for re-election this year in a state Trump won in 2016. They are walking a particularly thin tightrope, balancing between liberals who want them to oppose Trump at all costs and Trump voters whom they will need to win re-election. The vetting process, he said, is "going to be thorough and going to be done right".

"President Trump has taken advantage of an enormous political opportunity to transform the federal judiciary", said Leonard Leo, the president's outside adviser on judicial nominations and an official at the conservative Federalist Society, which has vetted his judicial picks.

After moving into the White House in 2001, Bush recruited Kavanaugh as legal counsel before later naming him to the appellate court.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME are considered swing votes on the Republican side of the aisle - two members who voted against GOP-led efforts to repeal Obamacare previous year - and have expressed concerns about any action to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion ruling.

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