Democrats are warning that Trump's nominee would jeopardize some of progressives' most important policy priorities in recent decades - including rulings that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as former President Barack Obama's health care law.
During the announcement Monday evening, Trump called Kavanaugh a "judge's judge" and a "thought leader among his peers".
Trump said that Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" and is "universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".
U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman are all in the running as final candidates. He was appointed to that post by President George W. Bush, after serving as Bush's White House staff secretary. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge.
Kavanaugh, 53, grew up in Maryland. Afterward, from 1993-94 he clerked for Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. "Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit". Those who would limit or end abortion praised the choice, while those who aim to expand and preserve abortion rights were critical.
Reporters and camera crews are staking out the homes of the four finalists, looking for any sign of movement toward an airport, or, in Kavanaugh's case, toward the White House. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".
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"The judicial branch is supposed to be above raw partisan politics", Collins said on The New York Times's Daily podcast last week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said opponents were using "40-year-old scare tactics" over abortion and other issues but they "will not stop us from doing the right thing".
Shapiro told Newsweek, "You can attack the results on some of these [immigration] cases from either the left or the right, but I reviewed them and I think he's right about every single one".
Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Martha Kavanaugh graduated from Trinity College in 1963 and received her masters degree in teaching in 1968, according to the Montgomery County Circuit Court. "The members of that community disagree about many things but we are united by a commitment to serve".
Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens. Only two days after the announcement of Kennedy's retirement on June 27, Trump declared he would announce his pick on July 9. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California.
All face tough re-election races this November in states Trump won easily in 2016.
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Trump also met with Republican Sens.
Perhaps the most intense issue that advocacy groups will focus on during the contested confirmation hearings to follow will be whether Kavanaugh may vote to overturn the seminal 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that ruled that the right to abortion was constitutionally protected. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer on Monday said Trump's nominee should be obligated to make his or her views clear on matters like the Roe ruling. If McCain were to miss the vote, only one GOP defection would be needed to block the nomination if all Democrats were opposed.
If Republicans lose the Senate, they would still have control of the chamber until January.
M Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) led a protests against Kavanaugh's nomination on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington.
Kavanaugh thanked Trump for nominating him and expressed gratitude at the prospect of sitting where Kennedy did.
"President Trump made an excellent decision", Fox said.
Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well. And the president moved swiftly to fill those openings with young, conservative judges. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court".
Senate fight for Kavanaugh's confirmation already in progress
In 2006, they both voted in favor of Kavanaugh to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. All three voted to confirm Gorsuch and are up for re-election in states that Trump won handily.