Trump announcing his SCOTUS nominee in prime time

Trump announcing his SCOTUS nominee in prime time

Susan Collins said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has an impressive background for the job. "They have passed no such statute, and it is not reasonable to suggest that Kavanaugh as a judge would ignore that fact".

Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words.

The moderate GOP senator added, however, that she would take into consideration "other issues involving judicial temperament and his judicial philosophy" before making a final decision. Collins has said she will not vote for a nominee who would overturn the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision, Roe versus Wade, that legalized abortion nationwide.

JCN played an active role in opposing the 2016 candidacy of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court - a nomination that died during the final months of the Obama presidency - and supported the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court past year. "Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee".

It'll be very hard for anyone to argue that he's not qualified for the job. "He's clearly qualified for the job", said the Maine Republican.

"I applaud President Trump for his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Ivey said in a statement. They noted that Trump previously vowed to pick justices who would overturn Roe and strike down the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature legislative achievement, commonly known as "Obamacare".

"Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said of Kavanaugh. Tonight's selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was included on this list, seems to be the culmination of a process that further erodes traditional norms.

She also attacked his ideology, questioning whether or not he was truly the originalist that conservatives lauded him as.

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One case likely to draw attention is Kavanaugh's 2015 dissenting opinion on the health care law's contraceptives mandate.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Cory Booker, D-N.J, and Bernie Sanders, I-V.T., spoke at a protest at the Supreme Court on Monday night. Sen. 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.

Both sides will be poring over Kavanaugh's some 300 legal opinions in his 12 years as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, not to mention his legal articles and speaking engagements. Cashman was a member of Georgetown Prep's Class of 1985 - a class that also included Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch. "I am going to do my due diligence, exercise an independent review and independent judgment so don't have a feeling one way or another", said the Alabama Democrat.

"As a fair legal mind, defender of the Constitution, and a judge on the D.C. Circuit, Brett Kavanaugh is prepared for a seat on the Supreme Court", Byrne posted on Facebook and Twitter. "We need to get back to what the framers thought".

Pence met with Kavanaugh, 53, earlier in the day on Capitol Hill, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Kavanaugh still lives in the D.C. area, raising his kids in the Maryland suburbs just miles from the White House. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are also seen as possible votes for the nominee.

Katarina Zotovic contributed reporting.

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