Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court?

And yet she is unlikely to press the issue directly with Kavanaugh.

"I think he's going to do well", he said.

A partisan divide over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh deepened Wednesday, with Republican senators extolling his judicial record while Democrats demanded time to thoroughly vet his writings and opinions on matters ranging from environmental regulation to executive authority.

The case has slim chance of success even if it does reach the conservative-leaning Supreme Court, said legal scholars, including some involved in previous Obamacare challenges.

"Any nominee to fill Justice Kennedy's seat should be an independent thinker", Klobuchar said, "and as I have said since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, I don't believe Judge Kavanaugh meets that criteria".

That said, it is a decision that is entirely up to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and the Iowa Republican made clear to CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday that he needs time to get his arms around the scale of the documents and review process before he locks in a timeline.

Democrats have also called on McConnell to hold off on a confirmation vote until after the November midterm elections, which the majority leader has refused.

"He's taken a position that the president should not be open to any civil or criminal case while he's the president", Kauffman explains.

They believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to make the president testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Clinton's former running mate for tweeting, "Here's what I'm wondering about the #SCOTUSpick: Will Judge Kavanaugh respect rulings to uphold the ACA?" That group includes Sen.

Mr. Schumer has also identified abortion rights as a key issue in the political battle over President Trump's nomination of Mr. Kavanaugh. He later joined the administration of President George W. Bush. "He has to care more about the court's legacy", Covington explained.

Democrats, including Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, are anxious Kavanaugh could try to weaken the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights should he be confirmed to the bench. Three Democrats voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

While Kavanaugh has an impressive and lengthy resume in government and federal judicial service, he is just 53 years old, meaning that if he's confirmed, he could influence the court's direction for decades to come.

According to CNN's exit polling taken after the 2017 special election, more than half of Alabama voters in that special election (52%) said abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.

Great America PAC and Great America Alliance will next week launch a campaign to confirm Kavanaugh built around cable television, radio and digital ads in seven states that were won by Trump in 2016 and where Democratic senators are campaigning for reelection.

  • Carolyn Briggs