"When you look at the credentials that Judge Kavanaugh brings to the job, it'll be very hard for anyone to argue that he's not qualified for the job. I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also received a heads-up from the president.
Assuming Kavanaugh's candidacy receives support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would need a simple majority of Senate votes to be placed on the high court. One of the main reasons each would have for supporting Kavanaugh is to head off a reelection bid in which they might face a right-bent anti-abortion primary opponent and then a viable Democrat.
"Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said of Kavanaugh. I found them qualified to sit on the court.
But it's as good an idea as I can come up with for a practical strategy that could defeat Kavanaugh.
The Judicial Crisis Network, which pushes for conservative judicial nominees, will launch a $1.4 million ad campaign aimed at Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin, according to a representative for the group.
Additionally, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) did not offer a statement Monday night as to whether it would oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.
Schumer said that Kavanaugh "has said the president shouldn't be investigated".
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Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words. I believe, if confirmed by the Senate, Judge Kavanaugh will interpret the Constitution as written, and I don't think he will attempt to make law from the bench. Congressman Marsha Blackburn said Tennesseans would be well served by Kavanaugh and the Senate should consider him swiftly. "He's someone that has the character, the background, the career and the record that gave President Trump the confidence to know that when he appointed Judge Kavanaugh. he would be another Constitutional conservative".
Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, so they can approve Trump's nominee without any Democratic support as long as they don't lose more than one vote.
Similar sentiments were shared by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks.
In his 2006 confirmation hearing for the D.C. Circuit, New York Democratic Sen.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey commended Trump on the nomination of Kavanaugh.
While experts are dubious the new challenges have standing, in no small part because Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal members of the court in 2012 to uphold the law, Democratic senators have hinted healthcare will be a core piece of their opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination.
As I observed earlier today, the sad reality of the soon-to-be-intense fight over confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court is that if Senate Republicans stick together, he'll be confirmed, period.
President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.