Graham Warns Dems Against Personal Attacks on Kavanaugh

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On Monday, however, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC and other senators.

"I think he very much shares the same judicial philosophy as Justice Gorsuch, so I look forward to supporting his nomination", Cornyn said.

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination. Both explore issues that are deeply relevant to Trump and the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. McConnell called the Democratic claims "outlandish" and a "conspiracy theory" and said they are throwing "catnip for their far-left base". But their lines of attack have expanded.

In the hours after the Republican president tapped the conservative jurist, Democrats struggled to unify behind a clear and coherent message to combat the nomination, which could shift the court to the right for decades.

"I am proud that a majority of my law clerks have been women", Kavanaugh added.

King says that he is continuing to read though hundreds of pages of Kavanaugh's decisions and hopes to meet privately with Kavanaugh before he makes his decision on confirmation. "Plus, Collins has never voted against a Supreme Court nominee".

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Trump's pick will need to be confirmed by the Senate and can expect opposition from Democratic lawmakers.

"For me it's a threshold qualifying question", said Sen. "But they didn't think him and all of a sudden he's gone".

Right now, Democrats enjoy a significant enthusiasm advantage in the midterm elections.

It's against that backdrop that we focus on President Trump's nomination of appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a solid conservative with deep political roots in Washington, to the Supreme Court.

One key swing vote, Sen.

The fate of Donald Trump's US Supreme Court nominee increasingly appears to lie in the hands of two Republican senators, pro-choice moderates with a penchant for rebellion - and who have bucked the president before. "But nevertheless it's an issue that I certainly will raise with him".

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Judge Kavanaugh seems to have a pretty long paper trail-does that mean we can more confidently infer his positions?

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

The Democrats' argument on presidential power may not sway Republican senators, but it will resonate with voters, said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of United States society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions. "Senators in all fifty states must listen to their constituents, and do their jobs to uphold the will of the people and the soul of our country, and block this nomination".

Kavanaugh argued that even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation are time-consuming and distracting, adding that a president who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is nearly inevitably going to do a worse job. The President's job is hard enough as is.

The statement condemning Trump's nominee, who would replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, was released at 9:46 p.m. EDT, according to screenshots shared on social media. And no one is praying harder for Republican unity than the three Democratic senators - Joe Manchin III, W.Va.; Heidi Heitkamp, N.D.; and Joe Donnelly, Ind., - who voted to confirm Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and who are up for reelection this fall in states Donald Trump won by double digits.

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