McConnell defends Kavanaugh's views on presidential power

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The liberal PAC revealed Tuesday that it will pursue multiple Freedom of Information Act requests and send its operatives to the library to find out about Kavanaugh's political work. The two GOP senators also support access to abortion services.

"She has tended to vote for the nominees, and I think it's pretty likely she'll do that again", said professor Amy Fried, chair of the University of Maine's Department of Political Science. A simple majority is required.

The longer any final decision takes, the strategy goes, the more time groups including Demand Justice, NARAL, MoveOn.org, Center for American Progress, and Planned Parenthood have to fire up their base and persuade their vulnerable incumbents to oppose the nomination. Still others believe the DC Appeals Court judge was President Trump's "establishment" pick because he had the best chance of getting through the confirmation process. Before that, Kavanaugh worked for Bush in the White House and during his election recount with Democratic opponent Al Gore in 2000.

"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. It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.

While Kavanaugh wrote that legal action against a president should be deferred, he also noted there is no current law that requires that. "Every Democrat voted against repeal of the ACA". But for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - whose primary goal is to lock in all 50 present Republicans - Collins and Murkowski certainly haven't raised any significant red flags yet.

Republicans have blasted Democrats for quickly attacking Kavanaugh, with some senators announcing their opposition as soon as or even before he was announced as the nominee.

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In a press conference, Democratic senators took aim at Kavanaugh and criticized his rulings on hot-button issues like reproductive rights.

Kavanaugh: "On the question of Roe v. Wade, if confirmed to the DC Circuit, I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully".

Many of Heitkamp's colleagues-as well as her Republican opponent for Senate this November, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.,-shared their thoughts nearly immediately after the announcement.

"Judge Kavanaugh has written some troubling things about environmental protections, consumer protections, commonsense gun safety laws - all of which should be carefully examined by this Senate and by the American people", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain.

In 2000, the Supreme Court justice nominee represented pro bono the relatives of Elian Gonzalez, a 6-year-old Cuban boy who became the centerpiece of a nasty custody battle. The left understands that Kavanaugh's nomination is an existential threat to its activist judicial agenda, so it is going to throw everything it has at him in a multimillion-dollar sliming.

"Brett Kavanaugh is a right-wing ideologue selected off the ultra-conservative Federalist Society's judicial wish list", U.S. Sen.

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He added: "It was a law review article". "I have no doubt he is going to be a great justice", he said.

Although Republicans have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, the absence of Sen. Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from becoming too conservative. Those included a number of disputed cases, including ones supporting same-sex marriage and a woman's right to an abortion.

While President Trump stands staunchly against the Clean Power Plan, a Supreme Court decision narrowing the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gasses could limit the ability of future administration's to change course. "That would be binding precedent of the Court, it's been decided by the Supreme Court". But, unlike presidents or members of Congress, Supreme Court justices do not have term limits - they serve until they resign or die.

Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself.

VOA's Steve Herman reported this story. Mario Ritter was the editor.

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