Kavanaugh's long paper trail could decide confirmation fight

Kavanaugh's long paper trail could decide confirmation fight

Kavanaugh's long paper trail could decide confirmation fight

McConnell reportedly told Trump that Kavanaugh, a former assistant and staff secretary to former President George W. Bush, has an extensive paper trail that could help Democrats prolong the nomination process.

He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

On the past quarter century's most consequential and controversial issues, from racial preferences to religious freedom to reproductive rights, Kennedy often bridged the gap between the court's liberals and conservatives.

"Judge Kavanaugh has a solid reputation as a great legal mind". There is political pressure on the president to pick someone who can get through the confirmation process. "But we're very close to making a decision".

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh met with Senators on Tuesday, July 10.

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

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To that end, Kansas Democratic Party executive director Ethan Corson was quick to blast the choice.

"Thirty years ago, President Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court".

On Monday, President Trump announced his nominee for Supreme Court Justice - Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

As a result, Trump found more than twice as many judicial vacancies waiting for him when he entered the White House as Obama did. "Once again, President Trump has shown how seriously he takes his responsibility to put the best judges on America's courts", said Gayle Trotter, attorney, and spokesperson for Judicial Crisis Network said in a statement.

The former three-term Republican senator served from 1995 to 2013. The group Fix the Court, which advocates for Supreme Court transparency and accountability, sued the National Archives and Records Administration and the Justice Department on Tuesday over outstanding requests under the Freedom of Information Act related to Kavanaugh's time working under the former independent counsel Ken Starr, who was investigating the Clinton White House.

This is Trump's second nominee to the court and gives him a chance to shape the court's direction for decades to come.

At the top of issues that will be closely watched is abortion. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

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While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight. 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. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) said that Kavanaugh deserves a straight up-or-down vote in the Senate. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.

After endorsing Trump choice Neil Gorsuch previous year, Cashman is at it again, this time backing Brett Kavanaugh.

At the White House late Monday, Trump called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service".

But those lawmakers seen as possible candidates for defection - namely Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat whose vote on Kavanaugh could be pivotal on the Senate floor.

The leading Republican to replace Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights.

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