Brett Kavanaugh visits Senate as confirmation fight begins

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Brett Kavanaugh: 5 Things On Trump’s Supreme Court Justice Nominee

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In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing.

"He has written nearly entirely in favor of big businesses, employers in employment disputes, and against defendants in criminal cases", according to Adam Feldman of the Empirical SCOTUS blog.

"Given the potential impact of this nomination, it is essential for the American people and the Senate to fully vet Judge Kavanaugh", American Oversight executive director Austin Evers said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy".

After lower courts blocked Trump's ban a year ago, he announced in March he would endorse Defense Secretary James Mattis' plan to restrict the military service of transgender people who have a condition called gender dysphoria.

On the D.C. Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh sided with Priests for Life against the Obama administration's contraception mandate, but also suggested the government has a "compelling interest in facilitating access to contraception for the employees of.religious organizations".

If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Justice Kennedy, who served on the bench for 30 years and was appointed to the position by President Ronald Reagan. "If you're going to say "I'm going to support him" today or "I'm not going to support him" today, then you're not doing the job we're here to do".

There also are challenges to state laws imposing difficult-to-meet regulations on abortion providers such as having formal ties, called admitting privileges, at a local hospital.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice".

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Cory Booker, D-N.J, and Bernie Sanders, I-V.T., spoke at a protest at the Supreme Court on Monday night. Sen.

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Here's why: Kavanaugh's court rarely issues opinions on Monday.

Kavanaugh has understood the employer's perspective in plenty of cases beyond Agri Processor. "We've got the Russian Federation investigation, which is a significant one, and here we've got [a nominee] who said that the president should be above the law when they're president", Leahy said.

Mike Sacks, a reporter for the Fox television affiliate in NY and a self-described lapsed lawyer, was among the first to make the connection on Twitter. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat whose vote on Kavanaugh could be pivotal on the Senate floor. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won.

"Kavanaugh's idea of making America great again apparently hearkens back to a time before the Workers Compensation laws and the Occupational Safety and Health Act were passed", Barab wrote.

The White House would love to have the Democrats' votes for confirmation. While President Trump has made his loyalty to corporations and disdain for women and minorities known over the past 18 months, the confirmation of a justice who shares his loyalties will leave a permanent imbalance on the court and could erode the rights of millions.

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, told Al Jazeera that his organisation's immediate call of action would be to "have its members across the U.S. express their views to senators in their states and urge them to oppose this nomination".

McConnell, who has been influential in shaping Trump's remaking of the judiciary, said, "What we'd like to see is a few open minds about this extraordinary talent". Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement.

There are two major areas Democrats are likely to look: Kavanaugh's time in the White and his role on Ken Starr's team that investigated President Bill Clinton. Richard Blumenthal of CT, another Democrat on the committee, said when asked if Democrats were simply trying to slow down the fight. Critics argue Kavanaugh should have joined the stronger opinion; defenders say he was merely operating within the framework that both sides of the suit agreed on.

Republicans hold a slim, one-seat Senate majority, and a party-line vote would lead to Kavanaugh's confirmation by the narrowest of margins.

But one of their prime targets, Sen. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

In one of them, Kavanaugh ruled against a group of Verizon employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

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