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Trump weighs top picks for Supreme Court amid last-minute maneuvering

"President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Bush said Monday in a prepared statement.

NBC News reported that the Trump team was in talks with Kennedy about his replacement for months and he only felt comfortable retiring after he "received assurance that it would be Kavanaugh", per NBC reporter Geoff Bennett.

Murkowski said in an interview that abortion rights is a "big factor". "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review".

What begins now is a summer and autumn of in-camera and on-camera posturing, attack advertising, and poisonous red-blue malice, all of it leading to the same inevitable result-a 51-48 or 50-49 vote in the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh and enrobe him in black till death do him and the republic part.

Noting that Kavanaugh has "consistently protected the interests of powerful institutions and disregarded the rights of vulnerable individuals", the letter calls for Yale Law to exhibit "moral courage" and withhold its support.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday that Kavanaugh's selection would put healthcare protections in the ACA, such as protections for people with preexisting conditions, "at grave, grave risk" and said people should demand a justice to "protect our healthcare, not strike it down".

"At a time when the President and his associates are under investigation for various serious crimes, including colluding with the Russian government and obstructing justice, Judge Kavanaugh's extreme deference to the Executive poses a direct threat to our democracy", the letter read. This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year. Jon Kyl. He also met for roughly 30 minutes with Sen.

Alabamians will be hearing a lot about Kavanaugh in the coming days.

Among their targets are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as Doug Jones of Alabama, who is not up for re-election but represents a conservative state in the Deep South. Even as guests entered the East Room of the White House on Monday night, placards resting on chairs in the front room simply read, "Nominee Family".

The most vulnerable Democratic senators heading to the midterms include Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN - all of whom voted for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of U.S. society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions.

"If you're going to say "I'm going to support him" today or "I'm not going to support him" today, then you're not doing the job we're here to do".

In his 2006 confirmation hearing to become a federal judge, he said, "I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully" because it's "binding precedent" that has been "reaffirmed many times".

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats were already pushing a coordinated message against Kavanaugh as an unacceptable choice on both policy and political grounds. Instead, he asked them to weigh the judge on his qualifications.

Similar sentiments were shared by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks.

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision". Is it any wonder that President Trump chose Kavanaugh from the list of 25?

Liberal politicians and activist groups were quick to pounce on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, following a reality show buildup to replace outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy. "And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history, and tradition and precedent".

At the Supreme Court on Monday night, a man in a Trump mask was handing out phony three-dollar bills with a cartoon of Vladimir Putin stringing The Donald along like a marionette.

"Senate Democrats were on the record opposing him before he'd even been named, before the ink was even dry on Justice Kennedy's resignation", McConnell said in a speech on the floor on Tuesday.

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