While no decisions have been made by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on the scope of the document requests the panel will make, the sheer volume of Kavanaugh's paper trail was a concern of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's prior to the nomination. Leahy disagrees, and he said Kavanaugh's philosophy - and its obvious appeal to a president who is now under investigation - is a threat to the basic structure of American democracy.
Hatch said it would be "pathetic" for one issue to cause an "otherwise a really outstanding person" to have Democrats go against him. He did not offer a timeline for confirmation hearings. The Republicans pick up seats, increase their majority?
Republicans have little margin of error for the final vote unless a few Democrats can be brought onboard. He discusses the possibility that, if necessary, McCain might resign from the Senate so he can be replaced by someone who can vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
He then begins his case for Kavanaugh by saying that, while good appellate judges are devotees who follow the Supreme Court, the "great ones influence and help steer it". "A woman's right to make her own health care decisions is at risk".
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY is vowing to fight the nomination "with everything I have". Collins and Murkowski, along with Arizona Sen. "We take Trump at his word that Brett Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade and get rid of the Affordable Care Act". "But we were operating under a law that said this is what the independent counsel's job is, so that's what we did", Leipold said. "But there are other issues involving judicial temperament and his political, or rather, his judicial philosophy that also will play into my decision". Cory Booker (N.J.) were "reeling" over Trump's pick. Susan Collins, who has said she wouldn't want a justice who would move to overturn Roe v. Wade.
As a federal judge, he noted how he can hire three clerks a year, and that a lot of them have been women.
Precisely because Kavanaugh is so establishment, though, it's unlikely that any Democratic votes will be needed.
Kavanaugh served as staff secretary - a role that put him in contact with practically every piece of paper that would cross the President's desk.
"I do not think it particularly likely that Roe (and Casey) are likely to be overturned based on this one appointment", Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and constitutional expert told Business Insider in June.
He'll have to work to gain the vote of a sceptical Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the government's surveillance powers.
"He can't possibly be as conservative as some people are making him out to be", Leipold said.
Paul was among some Republican senators who had favored other options. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, told reporters before a closed-door meeting with Kavanaugh Wednesday.
Kavanaugh's record on the subject of net neutrality is alarming as well; he thinks it's "unlawful" to protect the rights of users to access information freely on the internet. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.
Democrats are also arguing that Trump picked Kavanaugh because of a law review article he wrote in 2009, that makes the case for deferring criminal investigations against sitting presidents.
Vice President Mike Pence confirmed in a Tuesday interview on CNN that he still hopes to revoke a woman's right to have an abortion in the United States.