Trump's Supreme Court pick would solidify court's conservative bent, experts say

Cuomo to rally voters in state Senate GOP districts on abortion issue

Cuomo to rally voters in state Senate GOP districts on abortion issue

Senate Democrats are treating President Trump's selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court as the end of civilization.

Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News exclusively on Tuesday that he has been "very encouraged" by the initial reaction on Capitol Hill to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

A Boston Globe analysis of over 500 roll-call votes made by Collins shows she has favored those candidates for judicial positions - including district court, circuit court of appeals, and the Supreme Court, among other appointments - nearly 99 percent of the time.

"I do, but I haven't been nominated to the Supreme Court", he told CNN, alarming pro-choice advocates who said Kavanaugh was picked to curtail abortion rights.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade, because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", she said.

"Kavanaugh's thorough and principled takedown of the mandate was indeed a roadmap for the Supreme Court - the Supreme Court dissenters, justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, who explained that the mandate violated the Constitution", Walker said.

Despite this, Judge Kavanaugh appears to take a restrictive view of the federal government's regulatory authority, arguing in a dissent this year that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional, and opposing the FCC's net neutrality rule aimed at ensuring a free and open internet. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights.

Judge Kavanaugh would have ruled to strike down Obamacare as unconstitutional. "Let's be clear: a vote for Kavanaugh would be a vote to rip health care from American families and deny women their constitutional right to make their own health care decisions". And they certainly want Trump's choice confirmed before the November election, when Democrats have a long-shot chance of retaking the Senate majority.

In addition to working in the White House Counsel's office under Bush, Kavanaugh also worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation into the death of Clinton aide Vince Foster and the Monica Lewinsky probe that led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.

It's likely to become the most turbulent confirmation fight for a Supreme Court justice in years, with Kavanaugh already being cast as a hero or villain. But we found that Democrats aren't telling the full story about what Kavanaugh said. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority of 50 votes for confirmation; there are 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, but Sen.

In the law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that Congress could consider a law exempting the president while in office from criminal prosecution because it is "inevitably politicized by both their supporters and critics".

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt - the dean of Alabama congressmen in the lower chamber - urged the Senate to quickly confirm Kavanaugh. Jon Kyl, his guide for the confirmation process.

Kavanaugh, 53, has been a judge on U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, D.C. since 2006.

As for Schumer's concern for the Mueller investigation, experts said there is unanimous Supreme Court precedent that the president is not immune from subpoenas, and Kavanaugh has not indicated so far that he would change that.

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