Trump's SCOTUS pick meets with key senators as nomination fight begins

Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in April 2004

Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in April 2004

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", Brett Kavanaugh was eager to say when he was introduced the other night by President Trump. Tom Carper, said Monday he is against confirming Kavanaugh.

Trump polls highly among voters in those states, and the closely watched Democratic trio will be under tremendous pressure to back the president.

"A seat on the Supreme Court would let Kavanaugh and his allies expand attacks on the ability of government to regulate and enforce the rules on behalf of ordinary people", said Linda Jun, senior policy counsel at Americans for Financial Reform. In order to prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed, Schumer must convince one GOP senator to join him and keep everyone in his caucus on board.

But, some in the conservative camp don't see that happening even if Kavanaugh is put in place.

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However, the White House also said that he has an additional $1 million dollars in wealth when his retirement account - which has about $400,000 to $500,000 - and equity in his home are accounted for, according to The Associated Press. "I don't have confidence that Judge Kavanaugh would be that justice".

"My mother had an illegal abortion pre-1973, and it's something that I would never want to face or want my daughter to be facing or any of her friends", Nixon said. Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

Many of Heitkamp's colleagues-as well as her Republican opponent for Senate this November, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.,-shared their thoughts nearly immediately after the announcement.

"Most of the court's business cases are not 5-4", said Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, referring to the narrow votes that often emerge in contentious cases. Judge Kavanaugh got the nomination because he passed this litmus test, not because he'll be an impartial judge on behalf of all Americans.

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Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right.

"As a point of comparison, look at Bob Casey who is also up for re-election in the Trump-won state of Pennsylvania".

But it could prove impossible for Schumer to persuade senators like Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of IN to vote against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Republicans, who hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, are eager to have Trump's nominee confirmed by the start of the court's term in October, and before the midterm elections in November. "Brett Kavanaugh is hands down among the finest". "I don't think that's what Donald Trump thinks", Sanders said, arguing that the traditional deference, the tap-dancing around the edges of the nominee's politics, would amount to surrender at this stage.

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