Democratic senators immediately pledge to block Trump SCOTUS pick

Democratic senators immediately pledge to block Trump SCOTUS pick

She served with the Pennsylvania-based Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. His final options were all young federal judges who could help remake the court for decades to come with precedent-shattering rulings on issues such as abortion, guns and health care.

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Two other candidates for the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Raymond Kethledge - were not the focus of Trump's morning discussions, according to those familiar with the discussions. Some conservative activists have questioned whether he would rule sufficiently aggressively as a justice. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Williams tweeted pictures of himself being led away by cops in handcuffs, shortly after Trump named Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to the high court.

Those who discussed the president's decision, and spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not disclose the name of the president's selection.

But her voting record shows that Collins has supported all of Trump's judicial nominees, including John Kenneth Bush, Trump's nominee for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals who once described slavery and abortion as the "two greatest tragedies in our country" and compared Roe v. Wade to the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that ruled slaves could not be United States citizens.

Even if all 49 members of the Democratic caucus united to oppose the nominee they would still need at least one Republican to join them to block the nomination.

Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

With customary fanfare, President Trump planned to unveil his choice on prime-time TV.

"In nominating Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump has followed through on his threat to nominate a justice who would undermine LGBTQ equality, women's reproductive rights and affordable healthcare", said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Maine has its strong Trump core".

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Schatz in his statement also took issue with another part of the president's decision making process: that he was using a list pre-approved by the Federalist Society, a staunchly conservative think tank.

There's buzz that he has plans to gut Roe V. Wade.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", Kavanaugh said.

Bob Salera, a campaign spokesman for Senate Republicans, said Casey has "given up any pretense of being a moderate voice" by opposing Trump's nominee sight unseen. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.

"There is no longer a theoretical threat to Roe v. Wade", he said.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt - the dean of Alabama congressmen in the lower chamber - urged the Senate to quickly confirm Kavanaugh. Both legislators support abortion rights.

Collins also voted opposite most Republicans when she supported Helene White, a Bill Clinton nominee who was renominated by Bush to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2008. Keep reading below to learn more about Trump's pick!

"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said.

The senator had stumped publicly for her and called her an outstanding judge. I am one of the few conservatives who appreciate the merits of his decision in the 2012 Obamacare case, and I point out to every conservative who will listen that his record overwhelmingly consists of siding with Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas. She later became a prosecutor and a judge in Maryland.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY.

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