Emotions high as Kavanaugh begins fight for confirmation

Michael McDaniel, a constitutional law professor at Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School, said Kavanaugh is a judge with significant experience in cases involving federal agencies and has a deep understanding of both the judicial and executive branch.

While Republicans reaffirmed their intention to process the nomination well ahead of the November midterm elections, Democrats argued Kavanaugh's record deserves painstaking scrutiny that must not be rushed. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens. There is a small contingent of Democrats from states that Trump won in 2016 who face narrow paths to reelection this fall.

The president's announcement came with fanfare in the east room of the White House with Trump's wife, Melania, Vice-President Mike Pence and several senators in attendance. The downside is that they'll be persona non grata in the party. Then again, in the nightmare scenario, the GOP could pick-up all of these seats. But their situations would be much worse if their votes were needed for confirmation. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said. "Kavanaugh also dissented from rulings upholding the Affordable Care Act and claims that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional".

"We have to lower the expectations of our base". "In our opinion, creating and supporting barriers to women seeking to make choices about our own bodies is pretty extreme".

"The part that bothers me is what I think is irresponsible rhetoric, for somebody who's a prominent Democrat to say there are millions of lives at stake because of this Supreme Court justice", Sexton told co-host Krystal Ball on "Rising". "I have no doubt he is going to be a great justice", he said. Those closed-door visits will be carefully choreographed, but they're unlikely to change very many hearts and minds. Special counsel Robert Mueller, of course, is now investigating potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. In the mid-1990s, Kavanaugh joined Kenneth Starr's independent counsel team investigating President Bill Clinton and ultimately helped write the Starr Report to Congress. "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.

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Despite the cohesiveness among most Senate Democrats on the anti-Kavanaugh messaging, it's not yet clear how three moderate members of the caucus - Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., all of whom voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch and are in the midst of tough re-election fights this year, will vote.

Two moderate Republican senators whose votes will be crucial to his prospects, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both said they wanted to review his record carefully before making up their minds on whether to back him.

"I find it somewhat troubling that even before the President named Judge Kavanaugh that there were those who were roundly condemning the nominee without knowing who the nominee is", Murkowski said.

"Here is the tough decision those red state Democrats have to make", Schoen said in an opinion column for Fox News. Democrats, who at this point are looking for any and all opportunities to extend the process as they attempt to rally a significant grassroots burst of opposition to the pick, certainly would be pleased by that development.

Still, this is the reality on Kavanaugh, according to Schoen: "Even if every Democrat votes against Kavanaugh, he will still be confirmed if no Republican votes against him".

  • Douglas Reid