Democrat hopes fade as senators welcome Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Outside candidate for Supreme Court buoyed by McConnell's backing

Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

If confirmed, the appellate judge would become the second young conservative jurist Trump has put on the top U.S. court during his first term.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed Democratic and liberal concerns over the president's nominee as hyperbole that will not persuade the American people.

If these poll numbers hold, Republicans would lose two seats and gain three more, a net increase of one seat, giving the GOP a 52-48 majority in the Senate (including the two independent senators who caucus with the Democrats).

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.

Meanwhile the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage - which has long advocated a strategy of stacking the Supreme Court with conservatives in order to undermine rulings on LGBT equality - is jubilant at the pick. As a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to set valuable precedents for lower court judges all over the country to follow. The poll is not all good news for Republicans, however. Sen. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.

A nominee for the seat of swing voter Anthony Kennedy.

"He is positioning his opinions to speak to the Supreme Court", Perkins said. The judge, who has authored more than 300 opinions, has also written fairly extensively about presidential authority and the separation of powers.

Judge Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to have an abortion.

'Democrats are going to look for any reason that they can poke at and find to try to delay this nomination, ' said White House spokesman Raj Shah Tuesday morning. "I just know that I was right behind the Fox setup at SCOTUS for around 15 minutes and thought things were fine, besides the occasional heckler".

Trump is announcing his selection Monday night.

There are several cases on LGBT rights filtering through the lower courts that may end up before the Supreme Court, from issues relating to discrimination and "religious freedom" to battles over transgender school kids and military personnel.

Some of the protesters got on 5th Ave. and laid down on the roadway in front of Trump Tower. In the case decided Monday that had to do with attorneys' fees, there would be no majority if Kavanaugh were to withdraw.

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.

All face tough re-election races this November in states Trump won easily in 2016.

Another Democrat representing a conservative state, Doug Jones (Ala.), was not in the Senate to vote on Gorsuch. "They're all saying, don't do that, you don't do that, you shouldn't do that", he told Maria Bartiromo.

To complicate the math further, with the midterms looming, some Democratic Senators in traditionally Republican states may also cross over and vote in favor of Kavanaugh, said Jon Miller, CRTV's White House correspondent.

"I think he's solid on religious liberty, I think he's solid on the life issue, I think he is an originalist".

Collins, a moderate Republican, has generally supported court nominees put forth by Republican presidents.

However, at 9:30 p.m., shortly after she had spoken with Sean Hannity about the Kavanaugh pick, she tweeted she felt "threatened" and later said she was returning to the studio.

Schumer says the administration's action highlights the stakes for senators.

He is being accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen. Drawing on his experience working on the Clinton investigation and then in the Bush White House, he wrote in a 2009 law review article that he favored exempting presidents from facing both civil suits and criminal investigations, including indictment, while in office. "But the conservative senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee must use the confirmation hearing to ask him legitimate questions to verify his backers' claims that he's a textualist and originalist".

The White House hopes his close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation. Kelly Ayotte served as the "sherpa" for Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

Corker says Kavanaugh served "honorably" on the D.C. Circuit Court and "understands the importance of upholding the Constitution". He cites involvement of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in drafting the list.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY. The race is not expected to be competitive.

That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen.

Ms Collins has said she will not vote for any candidate who threatens abortion rights. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Sen.

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