Partisan Divide Deepens Over Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

In a press conference, Democratic senators took aim at Kavanaugh and criticized his rulings on hot-button issues like reproductive rights. But such critics were even more outraged when Republican-appointee Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote at the Supreme Court, in 2012, to uphold the ACA requirement that all Americans buy health insurance. Kay Cole James, president of the Heritage Foundation, said Trump "has selected yet another highly-qualified individual who, like Neil Gorsuch, will be impartial, fair, and principled".

Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah said that Brett Kavanaugh ran up thousands of dollars in debt buying baseball tickets.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to oppose Kavanaugh with every means at his disposal.

Kavanaugh is set to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring.

Both sides will be poring over Kavanaugh's some 300 legal opinions in his 12 years as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, not to mention his legal articles and speaking engagements. "It was our job in Congress to make the law, and judges shouldn't be doing what we're doing because they can't be voted out of office if you don't like what they're doing".

"Let's put it this way: There were some who have been on the list that I would have had a very, very hard time supporting, just based on what was already publicly known about them", Murkowski told Politico.

A graduate of a Jesuit high school and an active member of a local Catholic church, Kavanaugh stressed his faith in his remarks at the White House on Monday and acknowledged Enzler and Catholic Charities.

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Chris Treloar, 34, said: "I'm absolutely gutted, especially with the way the goal went in". "It's been fantastic until now". The Duke of Cambridge took to the official Kensington Palace Twitter account to speak of his pride in the team.

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Kavanaugh found himself in the middle of controversy yet again when he joined the legal team of then-President-elect George W. Bush to argue against recounting Florida ballots. He supported releasing the girl to a sponsor, where she could obtain an abortion if she chose to do so and leave the government out of it. "He's conservative. but I think he is respectful of the court and the court system as institutions".

The focus is on GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) haven't expressed deep reservations about Kavanaugh.

Conservative groups, meanwhile, have praised Kavanaugh.

If confirmed by the Senate, the 53-year old Kavanaugh is poised to remain on the bench for years to come, cementing conservative control in the country's top judicial body.

"We all had our views", he said, but those who ended up working on the final Starr report understood it was a "consensus-building operation". If he gets a "no" vote from all Democrats, he loses seats. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.

"Kavanaugh has said that a sitting president should not be criminally indicted, no matter what evidence of wrongdoing is uncovered", Gupta said in a statement.

Unlike some of the other justices, Kavanaugh has worked more than two decades in the public sector and has not built wealth as a private lawyer. Bill Clinton, for example, "could have focused on Osama bin Laden without being distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and its criminal investigation offshoots", Kavanaugh wrote.

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