US senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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.

Kavanaugh's nomination has already sparked controversy among Democrats - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised Monday evening to fight the nomination "with everything I have" during the nomination process.

Kavanaugh, who has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2006, has had a large amount of credit card debt for more than a decade, ranging between $60,000 and $200,000, per The Washington Post. He also spoke about the fact that he coaches his daughters' basketball team at Blessed Sacrament School in Chevy Chase. He described how his mother went on to earn a law degree, become a prosecutor and a judge.

Ingraham said that Kavanaugh is being considered a "monster" by Democrats as well as the Hollywood left because of how he could potentially rule on abortion, health care and gun rights. While interest groups often have input or influence in the process of selecting and confirming judges and justices, the role of the Federalist Society in this process, for this administration, is much more extensive than in years past.

Kavanaugh even name dropped Justice Elena Kagan in his remarks.

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.

Democrats have pointed to past Kavanaugh judicial writings as evidence that he believes a president is above the law. 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".

While Kavanaugh wrote that legal action against a president should be deferred, he also noted there is no current law that requires that. "It takes five to do anything", said Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.

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"Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist who has dedicated his life to public service", Shah said, according to The Post.

Each of those Democrats will have to decide what to do, and all of their choices involve risk.

Robert Mueller reportedly is among those who believes a president can not be indicted when in office. Indeed, many commentators have argued that the president "outsourced" the decision to the Federalist Society entirely. And he speaks from experience: Kavanaugh clerked for Kenneth Starr, the special counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton.

First, to the big issue on many minds: If confirmed, what could Kavanaugh do to abortion rights?

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. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg earned $25,000 as a visiting fellow to Stanford University past year.

Not a low-energy Bush staffer. "Those are basic questions people generally want to know about presidential candidates, and they each have the opportunity and platform to show, not tell". But that didn't stop him from nominating Bush staffer Kavanaugh.

He adds, "With so much political intensity in the country right now, and so much discussion around this question of Trump's Supreme Court appointments, I would expect above-average interest in the Kavanaugh hearings, both from journalists and from voters".

Schumer is talking a good game on blocking Kavanaugh now. But three "Trump state" Democratic senators are facing tough re-election battles (Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana) and are feeling pressure from their constituents to vote for Kavanaugh.

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