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Some of the undecided Democrats already supported Justice Neil Gorsuch in his confirmation process past year, making it potentially easier for them to vote for Kavanaugh.

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In January, Kavanaugh dissented from a ruling by a federal appeals court that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was established in 2010 to protect Americans against abusive financial products and services. Should Kavanaugh (53) be confirmed, he and Justice Gorsuch, the other Trump nominee, could both potentially serve for 30-35 years.

But Democrats say nothing short of Roe v. Wade is on the line and have cast Kavanaugh as a far-right judge who threatens women's reproductive rights.

But as soon as Trump announced his nominee, Democratic leaders denounced the judge and vowed to attempt to block his nomination or at least hold off Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court until after the 2018 midterm elections.

"Let's hope Manchin breaks with those in his party who see the decision as a political one", the Intelligencer's editorial said of Sen.

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.

Paul's potential concerns may not be to worrisome for Republicans, however - Paul has been known to voice opposition, even in the form of a filibuster, before voting with his GOP colleagues. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain. "And that's the kind of leadership North Dakotans expect from their senators".

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Searches have taken place in Amesbury , where the pair fell ill, and in Salisbury where Ms Sturgess lived. Lorna Wilkinson, the hospital's director of nursing, said "his condition is now serious, but stable".

The centrist Anti-Defamation League was also wary of Trump's nominee. It's worth remembering that the prospective justice will take more questions in the coming weeks about his position on abortion and Roe vs. Wade.

In the Post account, Starr said he chose Kavanaugh to write the crucial section on impeachment because he would be dispassionate, saying "this was not a man on a mission". That's because, he says, the Supreme Court will ultimately determine whether health insurers will be prohibited from denying insurance to hundreds of thousands of his constituents with pre-existing conditions. And like Harris, he is playing up the stakes of the Supreme Court battle. "I don't want some kid making constitutional decisions".

"Ultraviolet, a liberal group that is part of the "#MeToo" movement working to expose and end sexual harassment, called Wednesday for the U.S. Senate to investigate what Kavanaugh knew about Kozinski's behavior. "His full name is Brett Michael Kavanaugh, so it is possible Trump though he was nominating Poison lead singer and victor of 'Celebrity Apprentice, ' Brett Michaels", he joked.

Collins was equivocal when asked about Kavanaugh in the Capitol on Tuesday morning. GOP leaders, with a slim majority in the Senate, are anxious to have Kavanaugh in place for the start of the court's session in October - and before the November congressional elections. But their situations would be much worse if their votes were needed for confirmation.

In 2016, Kavanaugh ruled in favor of a division of Verizon, which had ordered employees to stop displaying pro-union signs.

The optics matter. The senators get to bill themselves as the kingmakers, while the nominee makes clear he or she respects the Senate's unique role of advice and consent. "I do not apply an ideological test to their personal views". When you reflect back on that time in your life, in light of Kavanaugh's nomination, where does your mind go? The three are running for re-election in states where Trump polls highly. But he did vote to confirm Gorsuch past year.

"For the past seven years, I have coached my daughter's basketball teams", Kavanaugh said.

The Supreme Court has decided many cases on affirmative action programs and, if confirmed, I would faithfully follow those precedents. "Following the president's announcement, I will carefully review and consider the record and qualifications of Judge Brett Kavanaugh".