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Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh as 'barrier' to Russian Federation inquiry - Schumer

Yes Another Liberal SCOTUS Meltdown Is Coming...And It Could Be One For The Record Books Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick
Steve Townsend | 11 July, 2018, 01:43

"I'm going to fight this nomination with everything I've got", Schumer said Tuesday on the steps of the Supreme Court, flanked by the 10 Democrats who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump planned to announce his pick Monday night.

There are good arguments as to why progressive Senators should vote against his confirmation.

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.

In 2009, Kavanaugh floated the idea that presidents should be immune from criminal and civil charges while in office because of the pressures of leading the nation.

With Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona, Republicans can now only muster 50 votes.

That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), seizing on their past support for abortion rights and their votes a year ago to reject a bill that would repeal key parts of the ACA.

His nomination moves the court further to the right and a more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision altogether.

"This was, in some cases, quite literally a fill-in-the-blank opposition to the nominee", said McConnell, who in 2016 refused to fill the Supreme Court seat opened by Justice Antonin Scalia's death until after President Barack Obama had left office. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens. It will feature cable and digital advertising in states including Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

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At the same time, Republicans are urging a half dozen Democratic senators, largely those who are up for re-election in Trump-won states, to back the president's choice. If McCain were to miss the vote, only one GOP defection would be needed to block the nomination if all Democrats were opposed.

He is being accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen. They believe Kavanaugh is not sufficiently conservative and disagree with portions of opinions he has written relating to abortion and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advised Trump that Kethledge and Hardiman would be easiest to confirm, according to multiple news reports citing administration officials.

Much of the groundwork for a successful confirmation comes in private meetings that the nominee will have with individual senators in the coming weeks. A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll shows that Republicans are likely to keep control of the Senate in 2018, which would ensure that Trump's judicial nominees continue to sail through Senate confirmation.

"The ramifications of this battle will last a generation or more".

Kavanaugh's views on presidential power and abortion are expected to draw particular attention in his confirmation hearing. He added, "The country wants the President to be "one of us" who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share".

Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The effort has flooded their respective home zones with anti-Kavanaugh advertisements meant to foment public pressure on the two lawmakers to vote against the nominee.

Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group, is already up with ads in states such as North Dakota, West Virginia and in, where three Democratic senators are up for re-election.

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