Podcast: Shannon Bream On Kavanaugh And Recent SCOTUS Decisions

A failed litmus test Trump taints his Supreme Court pick with his promise to anti-abortion extremists

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The Democrats could pick up Republican seats in Arizona and Nevada, but the GOP like would keep the Tennessee seat, the report said. Not long after Schumer spoke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the "far left" of engaging in "scare tactics" over the nominee. Ben Sasse (Neb.), who is frequently critical of Trump but strongly praised his nomination of Kavanaugh.

"Even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation-including preparing for questioning by criminal investigators-are time-consuming and distracting", Kavanaugh wrote.

That's not to say that Kavanaugh is a risk-free candidate.

But that may be a tall order.

The 53-year-old has served as a Court of Appeals judge since 2006. "He's also been a wonderful mentor and teacher to our students-not just to those who clerk for him, but those who meet with him during one of his many visits to Yale Law School". Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which will determine whether to recommend him to the full Senate.

"Tonight we saw something different".

Grassley said a speedy confirmation wasn't necessarily the goal.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority. As a jurist, Kavanaugh has always been seen as a conservative's conservative, but he's worked as long in the political sphere as in the judiciary.

By fall, the nomination may turn on a handful of senators who will be under enormous pressure ahead of the midterm elections. The poll is not all good news for Republicans, however. Sen.

She took to Twitter to share the news, stating that "very few times I've felt threatened while out in the field". But she added that other issues also would come into play for her, including "judicial temperament" and "judicial philosophy". "We are asking people to get public commitments from senators to oppose the nominee". Joe Donnelly (D-IN)-are up for re-election this fall in states President Trump won by double digits in 2016. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Kavanaugh has ties to the Federalist Society, a staunchly conservative group.

So expect a party-line vote or close to that to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy with Kavanaugh, and then expect a court that moves to the right in some sense, but not necessarily in the most predictable of ways.

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN 03) applauded the decision, saying Kavanaugh's record of "proven, conservative ideology" will be pivotal in future Supreme Court decisions.

Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening.

Trump hailed Kavanaugh as "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time" when announcing his nomination. "The protests were raucous; chants, posters and bullhorns on both sides". "And I think it's going to be a attractive thing to watch over the next month". "It should not be a rubber stamp on the extreme partisan positions of the president".

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