The big money behind Trump’s Supreme Court pick

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

The 53-year-old has served as a Court of Appeals judge since 2006. Jon Kyl. He also met with Sen.

"We are going and mobilizing where we have leverage", said Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman for the group.

The nominee faces a fight from Democrats and maybe a contentious hearing.

Unlike presidents or members of Congress, however, Supreme Court justices in the United States do not have terms - they usually serve until they resign or die, giving presidents who select them a judicial legacy sometimes lasting decades beyond their terms in office. 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.

In the studio, Bream spoke with Republican Sen.

"Very few times I've felt threatened while out in the field". And here Kavanaugh's elevation does promise to be a watershed - for the wider culture war if he (and Roberts) join Justices Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch to overturn Roe vs. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, and for internal Republican Party politics if he (or Roberts) imitate Kennedy and save abortion rights instead. "We are asking people to get public commitments from senators to oppose the nominee".

The Judicial Crisis Network, the main conservative television and advertising effort, announced plans Monday to spend an additional $1.4 million, on top of the $1 million already committed to support the nominee.

Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right.

Tennessee lawmakers are weighing in on President Donald Trump's pick for who will take retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat in the Supreme Court.

"If you look at the list of judges that the president put out that was essentially drafted by the Heritage Foundation, all of them very conservative, all of them, I would say, very like-minded on how they are likely to rule". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The Washington Post: Conservatives Are Finally Getting The Supreme Court They Dreamed Of - "While President Trump plays the appointment of a Supreme Court justice like a reality show, promoting the dramatic reveal of the nominee's name in tonight's prime-time special, it nearly doesn't matter which of the contenders is chosen".

One would think Trump would have balked at Kavanaugh's closeness to the political and legal establishment.

"Brett Kavanaugh has gotten rave reviews - rave reviews - actually, from both sides", Trump said Tuesday, a stark mischaracterization of Democrats' comments, as he left the White House for a weeklong overseas trip. "It should not be a rubber stamp on the extreme partisan positions of the president".

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