Trump's Supreme Court pick would solidify court's conservative bent, experts say

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In fact, they don't even need to hold a law degree or be born in the United States. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.

In Kavanaugh's case, helping him to navigate the Senate hallways is Jon Kyl, a retired senator and former Senate Republican whip whose job it once was to rally other GOP senators and count votes. And that has continued to be the focus of several Supreme Court decisions since then.

Specifically, the Supreme Court upheld and enshrined the protections included in the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments, holding that those protections applied to decisions a person might make about their own body. "So if you are a young woman in America, or you care about a young woman in America, pay attention to this, because it will forever change your life". Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "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.

Remarks from two GOP senators considered "questionable" in their support of the president's Supreme Court nominee lend some hope that the Republican majority in the Senate may be able to confirm Brett Kavanaugh without any help from Democrats.

Kavanaugh worked for president George W. Bush, who appointed him in 2003 to the US Court of Appeals in Washington - where he was finally confirmed in 2006 after years of Democratic obstruction. And three Democrats up for re-election this year in Republican-leaning states - Sens. And we will come down on one side or the other but in due deference to the nominee and in due deference to the president's prerogative to name a nominee.

But particularly for someone like me who is experiencing being one of the millions and millions of people now who have pre-existing conditions, meaning that, you know, people who are sick or who have a medical record - that's practically all of us - the - his nomination is a tremendous concern and whether or not he can truly be independent.

However, his selection will start a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate.

She interrupted again when Haspel tried to dodge the question.

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Later, Arizona Republican Sen.

That line of thinking would be useful to Trump, who is unlikely to face impeachment so long as Republicans control Congress.

Harris' style also put her in the spotlight in June 2017, when twice in one week Republican members of the Intelligence Committee sought to interrupt her questioning of Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

He also rejected calls by Democrats to delay the hearings until after the midterms. Susan Collins of ME - said she needs more information before she knows whether Kavanaugh would uphold the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling affirming the legality of a woman's right to have an abortion under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. At the event, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he will fight the nomination "with everything I've got".

National pundits have speculated that might have been part of Kavanaugh's appeal to President Donald Trump, who is highly critical of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Activists said he represents a grave threat to bedrock environmental laws that protect clean air and water and endangered species.

He adds, "With so much political intensity in the country right now, and so much discussion around this question of Trump's Supreme Court appointments, I would expect above-average interest in the Kavanaugh hearings, both from journalists and from voters".

"Trump has been unequivocal that he intends to appoint a justice who will overturn Roe v wade", said Clarke.

In his dissent, he suggested that the government should be given time to find a sponsor for the 17-year-old immigrant before such an important decision is made.

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