Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to Sen. Leipold, an expert in criminal law and procedure, was a consultant, and Kavanaugh was an associate counsel and a co-author of the report laying out the grounds for Clinton's impeachment.
But barring some previously unreported damning information on Kavanaugh coming out, President Trump's nominee will be confirmed, and should be. They already have also been hammering the message that he would vote to undermine key progressive priorities like the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights and the Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Stabenow said in a Monday statement that the vacancy "represents a very consequential moment for our country where we can chose to make progress on so many important issues for MI families or we can turn the clock back".
Kennedy broke some of the court's most monumental liberal-conservative ties, the most recent of which included decisions on the president's travel ban, labor unions and anti-abortion pregnancy centers.
Then, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, interjected, "And if you don't think Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't answer questions about Roe v. Wade and about reproductive rights, watch the movie". According to Shah, Kavanaugh's retirement account is worth almost $500,000.
After much hemming and hawing, the two Republican senators most apt to withhold their support, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, will ultimately back the nominee, saying they are comfortable with his record and temperament.
To hear Republicans tell it, Brett Kavanaugh is a skilled and well-respected judge who reveres the Constitution. "But we were operating under a law that said this is what the independent counsel's job is, so that's what we did", Leipold said. This would be risky for many Americans, but especially the disability community, which has seen expanded access to care under this legislation.
"We all had our views", he said, but those who ended up working on the final Starr report understood it was a "consensus-building operation".
While one national political analyst said McCain, who has been in Arizona since late a year ago battling brain cancer, may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Kavanaugh be confirmed, another Arizona lawmaker has different thoughts.
Kavanaugh has since stopped buying Nationals season tickets, Shah said.
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She said despite the "Antifa-like resistance" to the nomination, Kavanaugh could have been nominated by any Republican president. The selection of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court will have less of an impact on November's midterms than you think.
"If you're intent on him being a bad guy, there's ways you can characterize practically anything - that it was all part of a strategy, a clever move, or purely partisan ends".
"It's going to be a high-profile, high-public exposure opportunity for both of them to demonstrate how they think, what drives them, and what most concerns them about the direction of our nation", said Faiz Shakir, national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Now Sen. Schumer is the consummate politician, and a very intelligent guy. "He cared about the details. When we know that he's obsessed with this investigation?"
"We'll try to do what we can to accommodate everybody's interest", he said.
Most Democrats don't like the Kavanaugh nomination and would like to see a more moderate nominee.
"I understand people won't like him because of the way he's likely to rule on certain issues".
"A pox on both their houses", Leipold said.
"This, of course, is another peculiarity of the Trump presidency: blockbuster news has a way of popping out of nowhere and dominating the conversation in ways that no one expected". The Senate should have voted up or down on Merrick Garland, who is a terrifically qualified judge and a great guy, too.