Both CNN and Politico report that Trump's one-on-one meeting with Kennedy cemented the choice, though NBC News went further in its reporting and is now taking flak for going public with-and then retracting-a one-source allegation of a deal between Kennedy and the White House.
In a moment fraught with political consequences, the Supreme Court's conservatives, liberals and moderates all agreed that the president had to comply with a subpoena, that he was not above the law.
Speaking on the Senate floor Monday morning, Schumer said Kavanaugh's paperwork 'will be critical to helping Americans understand what kind of judge he will be.' He added that 'if that takes more time, so be it'.
"In key cases, Judge Kavanaugh has favored unduly limiting federal regulatory powers that are central to keeping Americans safe, and has argued for restricting the rights of people to access our court system", Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen said Monday in a statement in response to Kavanaugh's nomination.
"We look forward to the confirmation process and it will unfold in the next few weeks", said Sen.
On the flashpoint issue of abortion, as a judge, Kavanaugh ruled against an immigrant teenager seeking an abortion while in federal detention. He worked in the White House during George W. Bush's presidency and was an aide to Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton, according to the Associated Press. "I get all that, but we are constitutionalists and we get to ask questions too", he explained. When you offer up a story about the GM of the New York Yankees signing a letter endorsing Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee it's like putting a bottle of Colonel Kwik-E-Mart Kentucky Bourbon in front of Lionel Hutz.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice".
Elected officials in NY, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen. Neither faces re-election this year, and both are centrists who've backed abortion rights and helped block their party's 2017 effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care statute.
Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said: "If confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will have the chance to codify President Trump and Vice President Pence's unsafe anti-LGBTQ record and the agenda of anti-LGBTQ groups into law for decades to come". Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was.
All White House documents are given to the National Archives after the president leaves office as part of the Presidential Records Act.
The White House wants Kavanaugh to be in place by October 1, when the court's next term formally opens, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote to confirm Kennedy's successor in the fall. Chuck Schumer and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The vice president also briefly discussed foreign affairs ahead of this week's key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where President Trump is expected to demand USA allies contribute more funding for their own national defense. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
Jones' position could be critical to Kavanaugh's confirmation as the Republicans hold only a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.
The DNC deleted its initial tweet with the incorrect picture and sent out another tweet with the correct one, but not before they were mocked by several conservative reporters and the office of Sen.
Other Republicans said there are limits. While President Trump has made his loyalty to corporations and disdain for women and minorities known over the past 18 months, the confirmation of a justice who shares his loyalties will leave a permanent imbalance on the court and could erode the rights of millions.