Murkowski, Collins: Trump could have done worse than Kavanaugh

President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington

President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington

With Judge Brett Kavanaugh nominated to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, Harvard Law's 5-3 advantage over Yale could become a 4-4 tie. Kavanaugh could be the needed fifth vote to overturn the 45-year precedents upholding a woman's right to an abortion.

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"The part that bothers me is what I think is irresponsible rhetoric, for somebody who's a prominent Democrat to say there are millions of lives at stake because of this Supreme Court justice", Sexton told co-host Krystal Ball on "Rising".

In 2006 - after a grueling three-year confirmation process - Kavanaugh was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats were already pushing a coordinated message against Kavanaugh as an unacceptable choice on both policy and political grounds.

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Speaking to Al Jazeera, Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that the Senate must grill Kavanaugh on his views on civil rights and presidential powers.

Pence sat down with CNN's Dana Bash to discuss President Donald Trump's recent Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and the fate of Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 ruling that legalized abortion throughout the country. How Kavanaugh responds could be a significant determining factor for Collins. His confirmation now rests in the hands of a narrowly split Senate, where defections from Trump's own party could sink his chances.

In Kavanaugh's case, helping him to navigate the Senate hallways is Jon Kyl, a retired senator and former Senate Republican whip whose job it once was to rally other GOP senators and count votes. Kavanaugh, for instance, supported the highly controversial federal metadata collection program, declaring in 2015 that "the government's metadata collection program is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment". "We have one justice and dozens of judges appointed due to their proven hostility to civil rights".

Paul's potential concerns may not be to worrisome for Republicans, however - Paul has been known to voice opposition, even in the form of a filibuster, before voting with his GOP colleagues. We all, every member of the United States Senate has an equal obligation to thoroughly vet this nominee. Heitkamp is up for reelection in November in a race that is considered a toss-up.

In announcing Kavanaugh's nomination Monday night, President Donald Trump said he was impressed with the judge's academic credentials. "And that's the kind of leadership North Dakotans expect from their senators".

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is a Democrat representing a red state, which probably has something to do with his open mind to Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

A lengthy paper trail of appellate opinions often makes clear how a high-court candidate is likely to vote on a range of issues.

Manchin says he'll review Kavanaugh's record closely - and with particular attention to health care. Harris will focus on how his confirmation could tip the court's balance against abortion rights and other progressive health care priorities, an aide said.

"The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare".

"Future decisions on the constitutionality of government surveillance of Americans will be huge". As I have always said, I believe the Senate should hold committee hearings; senators should meet with him, we should debate his qualifications on the Senate floor and cast whatever vote we believe he deserves.

Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right. With Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receiving cancer treatment in his home state, Republicans need all 50 Republicans, plus Pence as a tiebreaker, to confirm Kavanaugh, assuming no Democrats join them.

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