Kavanaugh for the Court

Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

Trump announced Kavanaugh as his pick to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy Monday night at the White House.

Trump says Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications". The White House said Monday that John Kyl, a former Arizona senator, would guide Trump's nominee through the gruelling Senate process. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

Support for nomination: Barrett also served as a law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who is beloved by conservatives.

Mr Kavanaugh also served as a former aide to President George W Bush.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Kennedy in the mid-1990s.

Before that, he was involved in the 1993 Vince Foster death investigation and assisted the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Kavanaugh, 53, grew up in Maryland. "Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit".

If Democrats maintain total unity, a single GOP defection could be enough to sink Kavanaugh's nomination.

Judge Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to have an abortion.

The White House and Republican party want the nomination in the bag before November's mid-term elections.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", Kavanaugh said.

He wrote a Minnesota law review article in 2009 arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office. "No single prosecutor, judge, or jury should be able to accomplish what the Constitution assigns to the Congress".

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY. "I think people thought about it when they went to the ballot box".

"It just seems like Trump in this case just bowed to the elite in Washington".

Both endorsed Kavanaugh's candidacy for the high court in a letter addressed to Congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

He's expected to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a longtime member of the Judiciary Committee. It's been decided by the Supreme Court. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

Senator Dianne Feinstein said Trump's choice "could have a bigger effect on Americans' daily lives than any justice in our lifetime". "The most important thing we can do".

A handful of Senate Democrats running for re-election in states that Trump won handily in 2016 could face a hard vote on the court nominee, potentially providing Republicans with an additional buffer if they decide to support the president.

President Donald Trump: "I'm getting very close to making a final decision". Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

All three face gruelling re-election campaigns this year in their conservative states.

Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee. Trump's administration refused her request, which prompted ACLU to sue on her behalf and a federal district judge ruled in her favor.

Trump asked senators to unite to bring about a swift confirmation. As a woman and mother, she could upend the narrative pushed by Democrats that Trump's pick would erode women's rights. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006. It also ran a seven-figure national ad buy immediately after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. McConnell has rejected that possibility, saying the decision to not fill the vacancy under Obama was prefaced on it being a presidential election year.

Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well.

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