Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court. Alex Brandon AP

Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support. The U.S. Senate votes on nominees to be Justices on the Supreme Court. A simple majority is required. I think that's really important.

The tickets were said to be for him and several friends.

"Because of Donald Trump's openly Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist views and policies targeting minority and immigrant communities, it is incumbent upon the Senate to question Mr Kavanaugh about his opinions on the protection of civil rights, religious freedom and the rights of immigrants", he said.

The White House didn't comment directly on Kavanaugh's fandom, but said he "is a brilliant jurist who has dedicated his life to public service".

That history, and his later work for President George W. Bush, drew intense scrutiny from Democrats when Kavanaugh was first nominated as an appellate court judge. And, he has been part of some highly disputed legal cases.

Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton. It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "an impressive" nominee who is "well qualified" to sit on the nation's highest court. But in a sign of unity with Trump, he accepted an invitation to Trump's Monday announcement of Kavanaugh. He is as sure as any lawyer can be that a woman's right to an abortion will not be overturned.

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"Roe v. Wade will be here forever", said Fitzpatrick.

If confirmed by the Senate, the 53-year old Kavanaugh is poised to remain on the bench for years to come, cementing conservative control in the country's top judicial body.

She said despite the "Antifa-like resistance" to the nomination, Kavanaugh could have been nominated by any Republican president. They say Trump might be accused of a crime. Unlike Murkowski, she voted for President Barack Obama's two Supreme Court picks, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

In a part-time post at Harvard, he said, "I teach that the Constitution's separation of powers protects individual liberty, and I remain grateful to the dean who hired me, Justice Elena Kagan". He described how his mother went on to earn a law degree, become a prosecutor and a judge.

"One of the Senate's highest constitutional responsibilities is to provide advice and consent on nominations to the Supreme Court, and I look forward to the Senate fulfilling this critical duty through a fair and thorough confirmation process". The rights of consumers: "that's #WhatsAtStake", U.S. Sen. Republicans control the chamber, and they are eager to play a role in firming up the court's conservative majority to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote.

Kavanaugh's writings already have been cited in Supreme Court rulings, as in a 2013 decision preventing certain USA lawsuits against foreign corporations alleged to be responsible for human-rights abuses overseas and a 2015 decision stopping the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating mercury emissions from coal-fired plants without taking account of costs.

McGahn has long pushed for Kavanaugh to be considered for the Supreme Court, having worked with him in the Bush administration. The two other branches are represented by the presidency and Congress.

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