Democrats vow to fight against President Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

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The landmark healthcare law has been the subject of a series of intense legal battles, and many observers expect more decisions on the ACA's future to make it to the Supreme Court during Kavanaugh's tenure.

He added: "This nominee was hand-picked by anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice groups in an explicit effort to undermine equality - and the prospect of a Justice Kavanaugh threatens to erode our nation's civil rights laws, block transgender troops from bravely serving this nation and allow a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people in every aspect of American life".

"But today, with the exception of the current justices and Judge Garland, it is hard to name anyone with judicial credentials as strong as those of Judge Kavanaugh, " Amar wrote in a controversial NYT OpEd, maintaining that Trump had lived up to his promise to pick "someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment, and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States".

While many Democratic senators swiftly issued statements rejecting Kavanaugh late Monday, Indiana's Joe Donnelly was noncommittal, pledging to "carefully review and consider the record and qualifications of Judge Brett Kavanaugh". Trump's administration refused her request, which prompted ACLU to sue on her behalf and a federal district judge ruled in her favor. "We've got some due diligence", Murkowski told reporters.

Kavanaugh's long record includes his 12 years as a judge with almost 300 written opinions, a multitude of scholarly articles, a paperwork trail from his time in the Bush White House, and thousands of documents from when he served on the Starr investigation.

"Our next Supreme Court justice will cast pivotal votes on the kind of world we leave to our children", NRDC President Rhea Suh said Monday in a statement.

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McConnell said Kavanaugh was an "outstanding nomination". Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Sen. He is being accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen.

"Not only did Mr. Kavanaugh say that a president should not be subpoenaed, he said a president shouldn't be investigated", Schumer said.

Before the president's announcement, the Washington Examiner relayed a quote from an unnamed source close to the White House that "there are concerns in the pro-life community that his decisions in some cases mean he's not as solidly pro-life as we would like him to be".

Over the years, Kavanaugh developed a "pretty good track record" of writing dissents that signaled to former Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia that the high court should hear a case, Robert Percival, director of the University of Maryland's Environmental Law Program, told E&E News in 2016. Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was. In 2003, he served as Assistant to the President as the White House Staff Secretary, according to SCOTUS Blog. He urged Democrats to support Kavanaugh so that he "could be confirmed with the ninetysomething Senate votes he deserves, rather than the fiftysomething votes he is likely to get".

Bob Salera, a campaign spokesman for Senate Republicans, said Casey has "given up any pretense of being a moderate voice" by opposing Trump's nominee sight unseen. "But the conservative senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee must use the confirmation hearing to ask him legitimate questions to verify his backers' claims that he's a textualist and originalist". He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

"We'll do well to remember that we are evaluating a judge, not debating a candidate for political office", McConnell said, noting that several Democrats had signaled their opposition to Trump's pick before the nomination was made public.

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