Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

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On Monday, however, Republican Sen. Colbert said, "So he thinks the president should be above the law because his job is hard?"

"They're going to try to make the whole confirmation process about specific outcomes", said Sasse.

Grassley, whose committee will first consider Kavanaugh's nomination, told Fox Business today that his Tuesday meeting with Kavanaugh left him with the impression of "a person that's well-versed in the law, very respected by other judges, quite - I should say great faith to interpreting the law, not stretching the law, following congressional intent".

They believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to make the president testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation. Shortly after, Democrats said they would not support this nominee. But their lines of attack have expanded.

Democrats are targeting moderate Republican Sens.

"We won the 'Brett Kavanaugh Derby, ' as we called it, because he was very heavily recruited", said Starr. He said the judge noted that he had proposed that Congress impose limits on investigations of sitting presidents. "If Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, women's freedom to make decisions about their bodies, reforms to our health care system, the quality of our air and water, and much more will be at risk".

But when the Supreme Court had the shot to decide the issue in 2015, it declined.

And then there's the math problem: Let's say Kavanaugh is utterly corrupt, that he plans to serve as Trump's toady on the Supreme Court.

"For me it's a threshold qualifying question", said Sen. The two GOP senators also support access to abortion services. And in this case, the muddled messaging threatens to dampen a new surge of voter enthusiasm just a few months before midterm elections.

Now the likely timing of the Kavanaugh confirmation vote - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising to get it done in September - adds to the peril for Democrats in toss-up races on red turf. OK, that gives Trump a total of one votes. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Kay Cole James, president of the Heritage Foundation, said Trump "has selected yet another highly-qualified individual who, like Neil Gorsuch, will be impartial, fair, and principled". "But nevertheless it's an issue that I certainly will raise with him".

"If Kavanaugh reveals himself in his confirmation hearings to be someone in that mold, the Trump base will not look fondly on providing a companion for Chief Justice Roberts".

If Republican Senators don't break ranks, the votes of their Democratic colleagues won't matter.

President Trump's prime-time Supreme Court nominee announcement Monday was witnessed by a live television audience of almost 26 million, according to Nielsen data - a sizable viewership, but smaller than his last.

The 53-year-old Yale-educated appellate court judge was born in Washington D.C., aided arguments for President Bill Clinton's impeachment, and worked at the White House under President George W. Bush. They are entering the public discourse just as Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has suggested he may subpoena the president as part of his inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to influence the 2016 election, and whether Trump obstructed justice.

"He's taken a position that the president should not be open to any civil or criminal case while he's the president", Kauffman explains.

"No investigation of a president!"

He said if he's chair of the judiciary committee before the 2020 election, he would not move forward with any Supreme Court nominees, following the tradition set. But gun rights advocates are hoping Judge Brett Kavanaugh - if confirmed - would help push the court back into the fray. 'Hey everybody, I'm Brett, I'll be your Supreme Court justice tonight.

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