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What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

10 July 2018

Raymond Kethledge is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit who has been dubbed "Gorsuch 2.0". It's been decided by the Supreme Court.

A sign of what lies ahead came from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale. It also ran a seven-figure national ad buy immediately after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, said on Twitter that the Senate must do everything in its power to stop "this destructive Supreme Court pick", adding civil liberties would be at stake.

He's expected to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday. John McCain has been absent as he battles brain cancer.

Jones said that regardless of who the nominee is, "we're going to give them a very, very good, hard and fair look to determine what I believe to be the best interest of my constituents, but also the country". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, have expressed concerns about a justice whose confirmation would threaten Roe v. Wade.

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016.

"I will tell each senator that I revere the constitution".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Ma., says she will not support Kavanaugh's nomination and will vote no. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a statement on Monday.

"Again, based on what I'm hearing about Judge Kavanaugh, I encourage my Congressional colleagues in the Senate to quickly confirm him".

"I especially want to express our gratitude to Mitch McConnell for all that he did to make this achievement possible", Trump said.

All three released statements that focused on their willingness to fully vet the nominee.

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Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, as well as Kavanaugh, who is now a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia. "My position does not change with the naming of a nominee today".

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

On the Republican side, it comes down to these two moderate women: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

But they do have a history with Kavanaugh.

"Kavanaugh has proven to be a staunch conservative who has relied on originalism and textualism while serving on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit".

They both also voted in favor of Gorsuch in 2017.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a "brilliant jurist".

"I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the President's nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court Justices whom I have considered". I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic.

However, candidate Trump in 2016 called overturning the ruling that legalized abortion a "litmus test", stating that it will happen if he got to choose two or three new members of the court.

In her 20s, she co-authored a paper that said Catholic judges, if they are faithful to church teachings, are "morally precluded" from enforcing the death penalty. Trump has been struggling with Kavanaugh's association with the Bush family, however, an issue the Post calls the "Bush factor".

Kavanaugh, 53, is said to be supported by White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search.

What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees