Networks covering Supreme Court pick move to battle footing

Networks covering Supreme Court pick move to battle footing

Networks covering Supreme Court pick move to battle footing

Before Trump walked out to make his prime time announcement Monday night, a parade of conservative luminaries and Administration officials filed into the East Room of the White House to sit on gilded folding chairs set out in a wide arch around a lectern.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

In what is likely to be one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency, Trump selected Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"This is an opportunity for senators to put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command", McConnell said. "I think that there is a process - that process needs to be fair, it needs to be open". John McCain's prolonged absence, Kavanaugh's confirmation is anything but a slam dunk.

If the party sticks together, the president's choice will be sitting on the Supreme Court when its new term starts in October. But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with.

In a pivotal 2011 Second Amendment case, Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion when the D.C. Circuit Court upheld a District of Columbia ordinance banning most semi-automatic rifles.

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"I especially want to express our gratitude to Mitch McConnell for all that he did to make this achievement possible", Trump said.

"This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind", said Sen.

That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee.

Kavanaugh, a Catholic, was careful to make himself sound open-minded, reasonable, and apolitical, although, as Quartz's Heather Timmons noted, he's "played a role in several of the most important partisan battles in United States politics over the past 20 years".

What is nearly certain - and those across the political spectrum agree - is that Kavanaugh's selection will spark a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority and opposition Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from swinging further to the right.

" Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, posted a statement to Twitter questioning Kavanaugh's fairness: "Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice who will stand up for liberty and justice for all - not someone picked from a list compiled by right-wing organizations to do their bidding". "Why won't she rule out voting for Trump's anti-choice picks?" both ads ask.

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Republicans have 51 votes in the Senate and need 50 votes to confirm Trump's nominee, assuming Vice President Mike Pence votes with them to break a tie.

Kennedy was often a member of five-to-four majority decisions on the high court. Donald Trump with Brett Kavanaugh and his family on Monday.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen. Trump's nominee can win confirmation with only Republican votes, but attention will quickly shift to two moderate GOP senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who are supportive of abortion rights.

Kavanaugh thanked the president, praising him as the most diligent in searching for excellent judges. That decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House.

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California.

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