Murkowski, Collins: Trump could have done worse than Kavanaugh

A'Supreme show Trump savors big reveal for court choice

Their party leader, Sen.

Democrats have pointed to past Kavanaugh judicial writings as evidence that he believes a president is above the law.

While Republicans have set a goal of confirming Kavanaugh this fall, Grassley said speed isn't the goal. As the Bangor Daily News recently reported, "In a radio interview then, Moody said people's choices on abortion are "up to them to make" and he wouldn't push a 'personal or social agenda.' Now, he says he has always been 'pro-life'". The panel will launch confirmation hearings later this summer.

The judge has to be confirmed in the US Senate where Republicans now have a razor-thin 51-49 majority.

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.

The report took a more liberal approach to the definition of obstruction of justice, but after seeing the toll that investigations can take on presidents, Kavanaugh rescinded his approach and now argues that presidents should be exempt from criminal prosecutions and civil suits. The GOP leader warned against engaging in "cheap political fear-mongering".

Trump "chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation", Schumer said, adding that Kavanaugh has written that a president should not be investigated and could choose not to follow the law if he deemed it unconstitutional.

Pence called Kavanaugh a "good man".

Kavanaugh is unlikely to offer any explicit reassurances on the challenges to abortion rights that the Supreme Court receives each year. As many as four Democrats - including three with tough re-election fights, such as Sen.

In his White House remarks after Trump announced his nomination, Kavanaugh seemed determined to show his feminist credentials, noting his mother's influence as a teacher and judge; his hiring at Harvard Law School by future Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan; and the number of women clerks he has hired on the D.C. Circuit. The two have supported access to abortion services.

"We are concerned that Judge Kavanaugh's judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nation's highest court", Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL's CEO and national director, said in a statement.

Kavanaugh in the past has made statements about respecting precedent that could help in winning over senators, particularly Murkowski and Collins. Cory Booker (N.J.) were "reeling" over Trump's pick.

King predicted, President Trump has been able to make a second Supreme Court nomination. While Republicans now have a 51-49 majority - one more then they need to confirm Kavanaugh - it is unlikely that Sen.

At 53, Judge Kavanaugh is a young nominee to the United States Supreme Court. Trump spoke during the television announcement of the nomination from the White House East Room on Monday.

Abortion is likely to dominate the debate over Kavanaugh's confirmation. "I think we should have the hearings; let's lay out the facts". Kavanaugh served in the Bush administration, including as the president's staff secretary.

Kavanaugh has suggested that Congress should pass a law to prevent a president from any legal action, private or public, except impeachment as provided by the Constitution.

Some conservative and libertarian-leaning activists were disappointed by the pick and doubted it would provide Republicans with the midterm election boost they are looking for to motivate voters to the polls.

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