West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, battling for reelection in a state Trump won in 2016, in a statement on Kavanaugh's nomination, said the "Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare".
Senate Democrats admitted it will be hard to defeat Kavanaugh with only 49 seats in their caucus, but their goal is to inflict as much political damage on the GOP as possible ahead of the November midterm elections. Kavanaugh posed for photos in Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's office, with the Kentucky Republican, Pence and former Arizona Sen. As many as four Democrats - including three with tough re-election fights, such as Sen.
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella coalition of more than 200 civil rights organisations in the U.S., likened Kavanaugh to Trump, a property tycoon, saying "he would protect the rights of the wealthy and powerful over the rights of all".
That's all the support Kavanaugh needs to be confirmed. Kavanaugh can't simultaneously be un-squishy on abortion for Trump and squishy enough for Collins and Murkowski.
The confirmation marathon is expected to drag on for months, and no date has yet been set for hearings.
Republicans hold a slim, one-seat Senate majority, and a party-line vote would lead to Kavanaugh's confirmation by the narrowest of margins.
But that may be a tall order. In financial disclosure forms, Kavanaugh reported having $60,000 to $200,000 in debt in 2016, not including this $865,000 mortgage, and White House spokesman Raj Shah tells The Washington Post that President Trump's nominee went into debt buying Nats season tickets and playoff game tickets for himself and a "handful" of friends, and also on home improvements.
On Tuesday, Fallon criticized Sen.
McConnell, who has been influential in shaping Trump's remaking of the judiciary, said, "What we'd like to see is a few open minds about this extraordinary talent". The vetting process, he said, is "going to be thorough and going to be done right". "There are several others", Schumer said, claiming that Kavanaugh is "way at the extremes" and referencing a 2009 law review article authored by Kavanaugh to ridiculously assert that Kavanaugh - formerly a member of Ken Starr's investigative team into President Bill Clinton's Whitewarter and Lewinsky scandals - believes a sitting president shouldn't be investigated.
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" President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany , is an embarrassment". Asked about Mr Trump's suggestion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would focus on what has been agreed to.
Yet, this breed of Democrat knows what's at stake-and they know the pressure they're going to face as we approach the hearings and final vote. Kavanaugh could be the needed fifth vote to overturn the 45-year precedents upholding a woman's right to an abortion.
Senators will be seeking access to Kavanaugh's writings and correspondence, reams of documents that will take weeks to compile and even longer to review, giving opponents ample opportunity to wage a political battle.
The case would then go to the Supreme Court.
He lists just two kinds of assets - unspecified accounts held with Bank of America, and his wife's retirement fund from her job in Texas - totaling between $15,000 to $65,000.
Trump's choice was met with predictable reactions from Republicans and Democrats.
And in case you're wondering, no, he doesn't support the constitutional mandate for separating church and state.
"Justice Kavanaugh is prepared to carry forth Trump's agenda", she added, and "gut the Affordable Care Act", referring to Obama's healthcare law, widely known as Obamacare.
According to this system, the only judge more conservative than Kavanaugh is Justice Clarence Thomas. He noted the presence of Fr John Enzler, director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington, for whom Kavanaugh served as an altar boy 40 years ago. Republicans control the chamber, and they are eager to play a role in firming up the court's conservative majority to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote. Cory Booker (N.J.) were "reeling" over Trump's pick.