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What they're saying in Maryland about SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

What they're saying in Maryland about SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Trump had said he hoped to make his decision by the time he returned Sunday from a weekend in New Jersey, but he told reporters en route to the White House that he needed more time.

Kavanaugh was the frontrunner among four finalists who also included judges Thomas Hardiman, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge.

Sen. Angus King (I): "It's troubling that the president's search for a potential Supreme Court justice seemed to start and end with a list of names supplied by an outside group".

The appointee would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who announced last month that he will retire this summer. "I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court".

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.

Americans for Prosperity, the grassroots arm of the political network controlled by the Koch brothers, plans to spend at least $1 million in ads and canvassing to support Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Republicans are eager to have a new justice in place when the Supreme Court begins its new term in October.

The Republican caucus has a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, but one key member, Sen. Kavanaugh said such guns are covered by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms. Those closed-door visits will be carefully choreographed, but they're unlikely to change very many hearts and minds.

Trump also met with Republican Sens.

In preparing for the unveiling, Trump aides are inviting senators who will vote on the nominee to the White House ceremony, including moderate Democrats who will be targeted as possible yes votes.

Kavanaugh, a Catholic, was careful to make himself sound open-minded, reasonable, and apolitical, although, as Quartz's Heather Timmons noted, he's "played a role in several of the most important partisan battles in U.S. politics over the past 20 years".

That will be a red flag for Democrats in Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing given that Trump's attempts to test the boundaries of his office often end up in the courts, and that a decision on whether he must testify to Mueller may ultimately end up before the nine Supreme Court justices.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a "brilliant jurist".

Among Kavanaugh's fiercest opponents is California Senator Kamala Harris, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee and who pledged to oppose his nomination, saying, "Whether or not the Supreme Court enforces the spirit of the words 'Equal Justice Under Law, ' is determined by the individuals who sit on that Court".

"It will be very hard for Democrats particularly those in red states to vote against him, except for rank political motives", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director at the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal organization. While he has yet to reveal his sentiments on the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to abortion access, he was involved with a dispute over whether a pregnant migrant woman who was being held by immigration authorities could receive an abortion in 2017, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Kavanaugh has the elite academic background typical of Supreme Court justices, having received both his bachelor's and law degrees from Yale University.

By now the White House Supreme Court pick rollout machine is well oiled. "But my first look is that he certainly has the qualifications, but I know that there will be further process", Murkowski said. All three voted to confirm Gorsuch and are up for re-election in states that Trump won handily. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California.

Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Last night he confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the court in a move that has anxious liberals and womens' groups.

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