Trump's Supreme Court Pick Woos Senators Amid Partisan Storm

Trump's Hollywood critics line up against Kavanaugh

Greg Nash

Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization, said it opposes Kavanaugh's nomination because "his overly restrictive approach to agency authority, and limited view of the public's right to access the courts, could jeopardize the ability of federal agencies to carry out their vital missions and threaten the American public's access to justice". "Obviously, this is a very important responsibility and I take it very seriously", Collins said, adding that she would make her decision after meeting with Kavanaugh in the weeks to come.

Trump announced Monday night that the District of Columbia circuit judge was his choice to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, hailing Kavanaugh as a "brilliant jurist" who "can set aside [his] views to do what the law and Constitution require [s]". Trump was decided on Kavanaugh by Friday, but waited until Sunday to inform the nominee.

Jones' position could be critical to Kavanaugh's confirmation as the Republicans hold only a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

In rare form, Trump reportedly was so invested in building the suspense around the decision that he didn't tell aides or close associates about his decision and the White House kept the circle of people informed on the selection process thin.

Trump announced his choice with a prime-time address from the White House East Room. Mike Lee, R-UT, said Monday evening, hopeful but not yet committing to confirmation. "I strongly urge my Senate counterparts not to approve any nominee who was chosen by President Trump until the investigation into his campaign's collusion with Russian Federation has concluded".

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman endorsed former classmate Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, in a letter to Senate leaders. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

"He had fully 12 different opinions that were adopted by the United States Supreme Court", Pence said.

Altogether, Kavanaugh had written opinions in 286 cases as of the end of 2017.

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Kavanaugh also ruled that there was no "right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. Government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand", although he based his decision in part on the theory that the delay in obtaining an abortion didn't constitute an "undue burden" whereas his colleague Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson recognized the illegal immigrant had no right to abortion at all. And he also led the investigation into the mysterious suicide of Clinton's deputy White House counsel, Vince Foster. 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.

That line of thinking would be useful to Trump, who is unlikely to face impeachment so long as Republicans control Congress.

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

Trump also met with Republican Sens.

The nominee's fate may rest with two Republican senators who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. He has gone so far as to say a president if he declares a law unconstitutional doesn't have to obey it.

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Some Trump supporters who were near the scene said they did not understand the point of the protests, arguing that people need to give the nominee a chance and praising Trump's record as president.

Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress.

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