Here's What the Key Senators Think About Brett Kavanaugh Right Now

Here's What the Key Senators Think About Brett Kavanaugh Right Now

Asked earlier in the day during a CNN interview if Trump told retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy he would nominate Kavanaugh, his former clerk, if he stepped down, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny that conversation took place.

Judge Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, authoring more than 300 opinions, including 11 that have been affirmed by the Supreme Court.

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Republicans changed the Senate's rules a year ago to allow them to confirm a Supreme Court justice with a simple majority vote.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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In October of past year, Kavanaugh was part of the D.C. Court of appeals that ultimately ruled on an immigrant girl's right to have an abortion while she was in USA custody. "We believe it's possible to handle this nomination fully by the fall", McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a news conference on Tuesday that was preceded by a meeting with Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence.

According to the Associated Press, "Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues.

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Before retiring in 2013, Kyl was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee , which will be the first to consider the nomination. Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk, has sat on the 6th Circuit since 2008 after being nominated by George W.

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The Republican president, with an opportunity to further put his stamp on the court with the second appointee of his 18 months in office, is expected to choose among four judges with strong conservative credentials: Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.

Trump was reportedly receptive to the idea, though it's unclear whether that will change his decision. Lindsey Graham of SC said he got a call from Trump about the nomination before the president departed for a weeklong European swing.

The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), whose leaders pushed Justice Neil Gorsuch over the finish line previous year, are getting their war chests ready. Hardiman was the first person in his family to attend college, and he helped pay for his Georgetown University law degree by driving a taxi.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year.

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

Democrats want the Republicans to not vote until after the November election because they want to see if they can gain the majority.

Hardiman, 53, a judge on the federal court in Philadelphia, is less known in terms of his legal philosophy, but has roots in the working class that could make him attractive to the public. "It is going to represent a really significant ideological and political shift, and it's going to have, I think, a seismic impact on the rule of law". Judge Thomas Hardiman is a USA appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist". Kagan worked in the Clinton White House and was solicitor general under Obama; Kavanaugh worked for both the elder and younger Bush.

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