Trump's SCOTUS pick meets with key senators as nomination fight begins

Brett Kavanaugh who serves on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit replaces retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

A partisan divide over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh deepened Wednesday, with Republican senators extolling his judicial record while Democrats demanded time to thoroughly vet his writings and opinions on matters ranging from environmental regulation to executive authority.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to Sen. The signatories accuse the law school of placing its proximity to power and prestige first, and assert 'Judge Kavanaugh's nomination presents an emergency - for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country'. "The stakes are high for the LGBT community".

Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, is a good thing". Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, which contested states' rights to put strict regulations on clinics (like having admitting privileges at a hospital 30 miles away at the most) won on a 5-3 vote.

A 2017 report from the Center for Public Integrity said that at least six of the nine justices were millionaires, with Justice Stephen Breyer reporting a minimum net worth of $6.15 million in 2016 and Chief Justice John Roberts a minimum reportable net worth of more than $5 million. Protesters filled the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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Defeating Kavanaugh's nomination would be an even more significant victory and - given what appears to be a unified Republican Senate majority - much less likely. "I've not seen that with Judge Kavanaugh", Sen.

Among their targets are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as Doug Jones of Alabama, who is not up for re-election but represents a conservative state in the Deep South. Bernie Sanders argued on Thursday, as he prepared to hit the road and rally opposition to President Donald Trump's second nominee in less than two years. If the Senate confirms Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, his addition to the court could shift it further to the right for decades. "I have every confidence that this man is going to be confirmed, as he well should be".

"Judge Kavanaugh routinely rules against working families, regularly rejects employees' right to receive employer-provided health care, (and) too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace", said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. "All this swirl going on, should a president be allowed to appoint somebody who's already made it clear that he would give immunity to him should anything come before the Supreme Court".

"Sen. Jeff Flake said in a statement: "As I have said before, approving a nominee who will interpret the constitution rather than legislate from the bench should be our top priority".

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