McConnell accuses Dems of trying to 'bork' Kavanaugh

President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington

Karl asked Fallon if he and other Democrats are "entirely misstating" Kavanaugh's view of executive power, noting that in a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article, Kavanaugh explicitly said that Congress "might consider exempting a president" from criminal prosecution and investigations because there is "no constitutional protection".

Kavanaugh spent 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and has a record of more conservative rulings on environmental cases, favoring industry over regulators especially in cases related to greenhouse gas emissions.

He pointed to the "outlandish" claim, debunked by a recent Washington Post fact check, that Judge Kavanaugh argued in a 2009 article that a sitting president can not be indicted.

"After reviewing this nominee's record, I know why powerful special interests in Washington selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to work on the Supreme Court for them, not the people of Wisconsin", Baldwin said. "That sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday's".

The ADL, Greenblatt said, will highlight issues that Kavanaugh should be questioned on by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Pro-choice activist groups have decried Kavanaugh's nomination as a threat to women's rights.

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"The vacancy left by Justice [Anthony] Kennedy's retirement is a critical one for the future of civil rights, civil liberties, and our democracy", Jonathan Greenblatt, the league's CEO and national director, said in a statement.

In addition, the New York Democrat said, the nominee's writings reveal an expansive view of presidential authority that is ominous in the Trump era.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade", The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing the federal judge's financial filings and information from the White House.

Baldwin voted against President Donald Trump's first Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed to the bench a year ago.

Their second phase, which a staffer said will start two weeks before the confirmation hearings, will focus on mobilizing voters to put pressure on their home-state senators to confirm Kavanaugh. "I'm going to fight this nomination with everything I've got".

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