Mitch McConnell tells Senate colleagues to 'put partisanship aside' while considering Kavanaugh

Mitch McConnell tells Senate colleagues to 'put partisanship aside' while considering Kavanaugh

Additionally, campaigns by Paul Rand denouncing Kavanaugh may also make it hard to rally Republican support behind Trump's nominee.

Kavanaugh served as a senior White House official under President George W Bush before Bush picked nominated him to the appeals court in 2003. He faces an uphill battle to be confirmed by the Senate in the coming weeks as many senators - from both sides of the aisle - have been vocal about their thoughts on the matter.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen. Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings on divisive social issues like abortion and gay rights, a practice his replacement may not duplicate.

Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment. Judge Thomas Hardiman is a USA appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist".

Before that, he was involved in the 1993 Vince Foster death investigation and assisted the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

"Thrilled tonight with @realdonaldtrump's pick for the United States Supreme Court", Rogers posted on Twitter.

"I don't think anyone should expect me to simply vote yes for this nominee, just simply because my state may be more conservative than others", Jones said. He thanked his mother for her example, calling her a "trailblazer". He also comes from the D.C. Circuit, which has produced current Justices Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as the late Justice Antonin Scalia. "I was not elected to genuflect to the hard Right, who are funded by corporate America".

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Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five. But if Kavanaugh is Trump's choice, he likely would step away from pending cases.

Trump is set to announce his choice Monday night. The New York Times first reported McConnell's call with Trump.

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Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. - were also invited to the event but will not be attending. That could imperil support from Republican moderates in the Senate, especially Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins.

"It is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court". Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California. But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME were widely identified as the two lawmakers most likely to break with their party, given both their support of abortion rights, and the view that Kennedy's replacement had potential to be more conservative than he was in this regard.

The White House would love to have the Democrats' votes for confirmation. Democrats are expected to draw from the Starr report Kavanaugh helped write to criticize Trump - the report argued a president could be impeached for lying to staff or misleading the public.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote on the court nominee in the fall. Trump's administration refused her request, which prompted ACLU to sue on her behalf and a federal district judge ruled in her favor. If the decision is made permanent, it would lead to higher premiums.

Kavanaugh, Trump's second nomination to the US Supreme Court, must confirmed by the Senate.

Trump and aides have also been teasing reporters over the selection process, seeking to build suspense ahead of the big event. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.

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He will be accompanied by former Sen. Those issues will be central to a heated fight among Democrats to persuade moderate Republicans and moderates in their own party to oppose Kavanaugh. Bob Casey, have already chose to oppose the nomination. In fact, the only member of "the Supremes" who isn't Catholic or Jewish is Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is Episcopalian.

Casey stated that the list of judges Trump is selecting from was heavily influenced by the Heritage Foundation.

Trump said in the wake of Kennedy's retirement that he would not be asking potential justices about Roe v. Wade.

JCN's ad buy is a piece of a broader, well-organized effort by right-wing groups intent on putting conservative judges on federal courts while Trump is in office. Gorsuch, Trump's first pick, is 50.