Senator Graham Slams Democratic Dissent of Kavanaugh

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The panel will launch confirmation hearings later this summer.

But as soon as Trump announced his nominee, Democratic leaders denounced the judge and vowed to attempt to block his nomination or at least hold off Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court until after the 2018 midterm elections. Aides say it could take weeks to assemble those materials.

Democrats are anxious that Kavanaugh will join with the court's other four conservative members to reverse legalized abortion in the United States.

Yet, most Republicans are excited about the choice, energized by the prospect of making the Supreme Court more conservative.

Democrats, including Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, are anxious Kavanaugh could try to weaken the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights should he be confirmed to the bench.

Behind the scenes Kavanaugh's record is being scrutinized by every lawyer on the Judiciary Committee and many more in the legal community.

Questions of this nature could end up being decided by the court in the coming months, as Trump is a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible role in it.

No date has been set for confirmation hearings.

Compared to some of Trump's other options, Kavanaugh is "more of a moderate conservative", McDaniel said: he is a textualist and originalist, but also says he would adhere to precedent.

Trump has asked that the judge be confirmed by October 1. Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old appeals judge, is revered in conservative circles for his perceived loyalty to the text of the Constitution.

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

"I have Trump nomination BINGO!" he exclaimed.

Both sides have begun airing ads and mobilizing voters for a long summer confirmation battle that will stretch into the fall. The Republicans pick up seats, increase their majority? John McCain of Arizona, nearly every vote matters.

At the same time, Republicans are urging a half dozen Democratic senators, largely those who are up for re-election in Trump-won states, to back the president's choice.

"There's so many groups on the left declaring war on President Trump's nominee, even before they knew who he was", Graham said in a video posted to his Twitter feed Tuesday. The former senator sat on a couch behind the cameras during the "spray", his hands templed as he listened to Ohio's Portman praise the nominee. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Sen. His financial disclosures reveal that his assets are worth between $15,000 to $65,000, placing him at the lowest amongst Supreme Court Justices in terms of net worth - or about 10 times less than Justice Clarence Thomas, who now holds the title.

But so far, Democrats are holding back.

By 2017, his credit card debt was paid off, or did not meet the threshold of being reported on his disclosures.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski was re-elected in Alaska in 2016 with 45% of the vote for her third term in office.

"Voting against Kavanaugh could very well give their Republican challengers the support they need to vote them out of office", he said. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

Texas' legal fight with the Clean Air Act, welfare, environmental protection and gay rights have made it to the Supreme Court. "And then, on gun rights, on LGBTQ rights, on environmental rights, he's way to the right of the American people", Schumer continued.

Trump has speculated that he could appoint a majority of the nine-member court.



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