McConnell accuses Dems of trying to 'bork' Kavanaugh

Twice a Supreme Court runner-up Hardiman is back at work

Stephen Colbert is "still recovering from watching America's Next Top Justice", alluding to President Trump's reality-show-ification of announcing his new Supreme Court Justice nominee.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, said in an interview Wednesday that Kavanaugh's belief in broad presidential authority was "just off the deep end".

"We won the 'Brett Kavanaugh Derby, ' as we called it, because he was very heavily recruited", said Starr.

On Monday, however, Republican Sen.

"I wish that he could go back there and vote because I think that he would fully support him".

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", said Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his speech accepting the nomination to replace his former boss Anthony Kennedy as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. Both explore issues that are deeply relevant to Trump and the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

While the Kavanaugh pick may have assuaged some of Murkowski's concerns, she says she will comprehensively review the nominee, whose written opinions on more than 300 court cases, and years in president George W Bush's administration, provide a lengthy paper trail for lawmakers to scour. But their lines of attack have expanded.

Kavanaugh met with key Republican senators on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as Democrats escalated efforts to block his confirmation. While women have come forward to report abuse by Kozinski that occurred as early as the mid-1980s, there have been no known reports of Kavanaugh being aware of such behavior, or it occurring while he worked for Kozinski.

Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton. "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". Three Democrats voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year. Trump could run into the same problem if Democrats re-take control of the Senate in November.

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"For me it's a threshold qualifying question", said Sen. The organization, which supports abortion rights, is also planning a national day of protests for the end of next month. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Hatch, who had conferred with Trump on the nominee, praised the president's choice. "But nevertheless it's an issue that I certainly will raise with him". Kavanaugh has stated that he considers Roe v. Wade binding and would seek to uphold it, though he has ruled in some cases to place restrictions on abortion.

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh before the court begins its session in October. But what, exactly, is their argument to voters? The ease of Supreme Court confirmations depends, in part, on electoral politics in the Senate.

Mueller is looking into any links between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 electoral campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice.

"Whether the Constitution allows indictment of a sitting president is debatable", Kavanaugh wrote in the Georgetown Law Journal in 1998.

"It will be very hard for anyone to argue that he's not qualified for the job".

"As the Senator from #WV, I have a constitutional obligation to advise & consent on a nominee to fill Supreme Court vacancies & I take that responsibility seriously", Manchin said in a tweet on Tuesday. The court's oldest remaining justices, two liberals and a conservative who are 85, 79 and 70, haven't suggested they're going anywhere and appear in fine health.

Durbin also sits on the judiciary committee.

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