Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks after being nominated by US President Donald Trump

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks after being nominated by US President Donald Trump

"This is definitely a solid step in the right direction", he says, "and therefore I expect those who do wish for the Constitution to be protected and respected to be avid supporters of Judge Kavanaugh for this position on the Supreme Court".

The White House has tried to portray President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as a down-to-earth guy who engages in wholesome activities like watching sports and mentoring kids when he isn't ruling against women's reproductive rights or explaining why the president is above the law.

Despite Barber's optimism, Brad Dacus - founder of Pacific Justice Institute - admits he has some concerns about Kavanaugh. They have included backing citizens' right to own semi-automatic rifles, delaying a teenager from getting an abortion by detaining her for being in the US illegally and supporting a religious-liberty challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain.

Two moderate Republican senators - Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) - on Tuesday voiced that they have some level of comfort with Kavanaugh, at least more than they would have had with others under consideration.

They would once again have an enthusiasm edge over Republicans, who could no longer make the midterms a referendum on the Supreme Court and would tend to feel as if they had won the war, not just a single battle. Heitkamp also presented the clearest outline of any Democrat on this list for what she wants to see in a Supreme Court justice: "a true nonideological jurist" in the mold of Kennedy, she has said. Justice Stephen Breyer is the richest, with assets of $6.4 million to $16.6 million. A simple majority is required. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room.

Democrats need to all vote as a block and have a few Republicans come over to their side to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation, neither is likely to happen. "I have every confidence that this man is going to be confirmed, as he well should be".

While one national political analyst said McCain, who has been in Arizona since late past year battling brain cancer, may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Kavanaugh be confirmed, another Arizona lawmaker has different thoughts. He reported between $60,000 to $200,000 in debt among three credit cards and a loan in 2006, the same year he was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Kavanaugh grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher.

She didn't immediately respond to a follow-up e-mail asking whether she ever interacted at Harvard with Kavanaugh, who worked previously in the George W. Bush administration and also for independent counsel Ken Starr during the Bill Clinton investigation.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that the Senate must grill Kavanaugh on his views on civil rights and presidential powers.

Mueller is looking into any links between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 electoral campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice.

University of IL law Professor Andrew Leipold worked with Kavanaugh as part of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's legal team back in the 1990s, investigating former President Bill Clinton.

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