Brett Kavanaugh joins volunteers giving food to the homeless

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks after being nominated by US President Donald Trump to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House

Justice Kennedy was the sole Republican appointee who sided with the court's four Democratic appointees to uphold the constitutional right to procure an abortion. The Republicans pick up seats, increase their majority? John McCain, R-Ariz., at home getting treatment for brain cancer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "an impressive" nominee who is "well qualified" to sit on the nation's highest court.

That's all the support Kavanaugh needs to be confirmed.

Trump "chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation", Schumer said, adding that Kavanaugh has written that a president should not be investigated and could choose not to follow the law if he deemed it unconstitutional. Other senators on this list declined that invite.

Democrats are also arguing that Trump picked Kavanaugh because of a law review article he wrote in 2009, that makes the case for deferring criminal investigations against sitting presidents.

But: Jones sounded skeptical of Kavanaugh in an initial statement, saying he'll thoroughly vet Kavanaugh's background.

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones said in Twitter message on Tuesday.

Manchin is one of five Senate Democrats trying to get reelected in November in a state Trump won by double digits.

Trump on Monday announced Kavanaugh as his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As the town manager of Chevy Chase, Maryland, Kavanaugh's wife makes $66,000 annually.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT said on Wednesday that Trump, in choosing Kavanaugh, is "trying to rig a Supreme Court such that it will strike down protections for pre-existing conditions and he has a case ready to move to the Supreme Court to do just that".

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"I think it will be a very noisy confirmation process", he said.

Before that, Kavanaugh worked for Bush in the White House and during his election recount with Democratic opponent Al Gore in 2000. "When Congress decides that winning is more important than governing, this is the situation you find yourself in". Earlier this year he voted in favor of a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In theory, the can vote either way on any issue, but a Kavanaugh confirmation would swing it sharply to the right.

If confirmed to the Supreme Court, he'll be paid $255,300 as an associate justice. More extensive document production - particularly to the scale Democrats appear ready to request - will take time and could push back the current aggressive target for hearings and votes. He was a key vote in several highly contested issues including abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.

"His outstanding qualifications is going to make very hard for people to vote against him", he said. So, moving the median to the right will shift the ideological position of the majority coalition on many cases.

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake breaks down, reporters have reason to question Paul's loyalty to this Supreme Court pick. That's something that Paul, who has a strong libertarian streak, has been vocal about opposing.

"I look forward to the upcoming hearings, reviewing the record, and meeting personally with Judge Kavanaugh, with an open mind, the senator tweeted on Tuesday".

Collins is the likeliest to cross party lines. "Let's be clear about what this is about, it's about government taking on the decision about a woman and what she does with her body". "It wasn't that long ago when it was common for presidents to nominate judges with no prior federal court experience or judicial experience at all".

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