Here's What's Next In Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Confirmation Process

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"Like Trump's first nominee previous year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of" Obamacare".

Trump hailed Kavanaugh as "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time" when announcing his nomination. He added that "it's been reaffirmed many times, including in Planned Parenthood v. Casey", and, "I don't think it would be appropriate for me to give a personal view". Kavanaugh is Trump's second nominee, giving the president a chance to solidify conservative control of the court for years to come.

He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Kavanaugh also wrote a law review article in 2009, arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.

"You want judges on the court who understand that the best way to preserve freedom and dignity, and prosperity in this country is to have people who are going to interpret the Constitution as it's written and not play politics when they're judges". "The Supreme Court was designed as an independent check and balance against both the executive and legislative branches of government", he wrote. That's insane...to me that's where the battle is going to be pitched, ' one GOP veteran of Supreme Court confirmation battles told Politico.

Trump is scheduled to announce his nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at 9 p.m. on July 9.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman.

Democrats and others on the left reacted negatively to the president choosing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the nomination. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

While conservatives have so far made a decision to focus on Democratic senators, liberals have crafted a divided strategy for pressuring both Democrats and Republicans.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

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In a 2009 article for the Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh argued that the president should be exempt from "time-consuming and distracting" lawsuits and investigations, which he said would "cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the worldwide or domestic arenas".

Demand Justice, a liberal group formed to counter JCN's influence, has not committed to a particular dollar figure but has placed ads in Alaska and ME targeting Murkowski and Collins. While I happen to think Presidents are entitled to the confirmation of their judicial nominees if they're intellectually and experientially qualified, it has always been accepted that ideology plays a major role in both the appointment and confirmation process. Conservative groups are leading a massive campaign to combat the attacks and pressure vulnerable red state Democrats to support the nominee. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.

The Judiciary Committee need not approve the nomination for it to advance. The two have supported access to abortion services. Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings on divisive social issues like abortion and gay rights, a practice his replacement may not duplicate. Collins has said she will not vote for a nominee who would overturn the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision, Roe versus Wade, that legalized abortion nationwide.

Vice President Mike Pence was quick to congratulate Judge Kavanaugh, calling him a man of "great integrity, intellect and reverence for the laws". "He is humble, collegial and cares deeply about the federal courts". He previously served for five years in the White House under former USA president George W. Bush.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says the Arizona Republican "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court".

More recently, in a case involving a pregnant 17-year-old in immigration custody in Texas, Kavanaugh dissented from a court ruling that ordered the girl be released from detention to obtain an abortion.

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones posted on Twitter Monday night.

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style.

Conservative Christians have long vied to overturn that decision, and Mr Trump has previously said he wants "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights. As a result, Democrats have accused Republicans of stealing a Supreme Court seat. What happens next is a no-holds-barred fight for public opinion and Senate votes, which history suggests the president is heavily favored to win.

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