Trump picks conservative judge Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court

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His confirmation now rests in the hands of a narrowly split Senate, where defections from Trump's own party could sink his chances. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), seizing on their past support for abortion rights and their votes previous year to reject a bill that would repeal key parts of the ACA.

"I find it interesting that that's the question when this name has just been down now for, what: ten hours, twelve hours?"

Ms Collins has said she will not vote for any candidate who threatens abortion rights. What happens next is a no-holds-barred fight for public opinion and Senate votes, which history suggests the president is heavily favored to win.

Murkowski said, "We've got some due diligence that we've got to do". That's Republicans and Democrats alike. Sanders said, according to USA Today.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition. The effort has flooded their respective home zones with anti-Kavanaugh advertisements meant to foment public pressure on the two lawmakers to vote against the nominee.

Lawyers who have argued cases in front of Kavanaugh recalled him as an active questioner from the bench, and a very well prepared jurist who would fit in on a Supreme Court whose justices are largely not shy in oral arguments with advocates.

Collins has said she will not support a nominee who has "demonstrated hostility" to the court's decision in Roe, and she has said she generally wants a clear commitment from the nominee to respect court precedent.

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Before Kavanaugh even arrived at the Capitol Tuesday, Senate leaders were at loggerheads over his nomination. "I obviously want the opportunity to sit down with him one-on-one and to get a better sense of his judicial philosophy", she told reporters. "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review".

Analysts say that could have weighed in his favour with the White House, given that the Supreme Court may at some point be asked to rule on matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation. Throughout this process I have witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary. The court's ruling in her favor was based on a constitutional principle, he wrote, "as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. Government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand". McConnell has a 51-49 Senate majority, narrowed further by the absence of ailing Sen.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", said Sen. It is unclear whether Senator John McCain, a Republican, will vote as he is undergoing brain cancer treatment.

"I don't think it's at all relevant", Sen. They were all carefully selected for the president by conservative activists at the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, vetted to ensure that they are devoted to the conservative cause.

The G.O.P. could be buffered by defections from the other side of the aisle.

At the same time, Republicans are urging a half dozen Democratic senators, largely those who are up for re-election in Trump-won states, to back the president's choice. The Judicial Crisis Network said Monday night it is launching "Confirm Kavanaugh" - a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital platforms in Alabama as well as Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

"I predict an end to affirmative action, an end to successful litigation about religious displays and prayers, an end to bans on semi-automatic rifles, and an end to nearly all judicial restrictions on abortion", he said. Issuing the invitations makes the lawmakers choose between humoring voters who think they should be bipartisan and others who feel they shouldn't condone Trump's pick.

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