President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday as he aimed to entrench its conservative control for years to come, but the federal appeals court judge faces a tough confirmation fight in the bitterly divided Senate.
"I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same", Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY said in a statement.
With Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona, Republicans can now only muster 50 votes. John Kyl should act as the "Sherpa", the person responsible for guiding the nominee around Capitol Hill as they begin the work of meeting with senators individually.
Trump picked Justice Kavanaugh from his original list of 25 judges, from which he had said he would nominate for any vacancy in the Supreme Court.
Following Trump's announcement, Hannity spoke to Fox correspondents Shannon Bream, John Roberts and Ed Henry.
Many political observers are speculating that Trump was drawn to Kavanaugh in no small part because he thinks Kavanaugh would protect him when certain issues come before the Supreme Court.
In his remarks on Monday, Kavanaugh sought to spotlight his bipartisan credentials. He is widely admired for his intellect, experience, and exemplary judicial temperament.
Still, it's unclear if McConnell will be able to hold his conference together.
Trump said in the wake of Kennedy's retirement that he would not be asking potential justices about Roe v. Wade.
Justin Walker, a law professor at the University of Louisville who clerked for both Kavanaugh and Kennedy, said Kavanaugh will "never, ever go wobbly" and deviate from conservative principles.
Kavanaugh, 53, of Maryland, now a judge in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has "impeccable credentials and one of the finest legal mind of our times", Trump announced during his prime time address to the nation from the White House.
"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.
Most Republicans are expected to support Kavanaugh, while most Democrats will nearly certainly vote against him. "I think that there has been incredible concern and outrage and anger about that". "Republicans will all be there", Sen.
As Trump approached the podium, Hannity said The Associated Press had reported that Kavanaugh was the choice.
Democratic unity, meanwhile, will be tested. "From the notorious Starr report, to the Florida recount, to the president's secrecy and privilege claims to post-9/11 legislative battles including the Victims Compensation Fund, to ideological judicial nomination fights, if there has been a partisan political fight that needed a very bright legal foot soldier in the last decade, Brett Kavanaugh was probably there", Sen. "The stakes are simply too high for anything less". "This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation, and would take away labor, civil, and human rights from millions of Americans". We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. Democratic senators serving in Republican-leaning states including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of in and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota made similar remarks, though top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer blasted Trump's pick. Three of them, North Dakota's Sen.
Manchin is one of ten Senate Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won. "But it's their responsibility", Majority Whip Sen. Before Trump announced his choice, NBC ran a chyron that said Kavanaugh would be it. "My assumption is once they voted for someone like Neil Gorsuch, it's not such a great leap to vote for one of these four who are in the pool being considered by the President". Red state Democrats released statements Monday night saying they wanted time to examine the nominee's record, meet with him and see his confirmation hearing before making up their minds.
She said that with Kavanaugh's credentials, "it's very hard for anyone to tell me that he's not qualified for the job". Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana, said in a statement.
Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style. He said it was clear that many Democrats "didn't care who the nominee was at all".
"I look forward to meeting with the president's nominee in the coming weeks to discuss his views on several important issues such as protecting women's rights, guaranteeing access to health care for those with pre-existing conditions and protecting the right to vote, just to name a few", Nelson said. "In your opinions, demonstrate civility - to show, to help display that you're trying to make the decision impartially, dispassionately, based on the law and not based on your emotions". Monday, they assigned their stars Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow - as opposed to straight news anchors - to quarterback coverage of Trump's announcement, a made-for-TV moment with a big reveal.
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