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Theresa Hayes | 12 July, 2018, 13:45

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh returned to Capitol Hill Wednesday for a whirlwind round of meetings with key Republican senators as Democrats ramped up efforts to block his confirmation.

One issue that will be of particular interest to both Democratic and Republican senators is an opinion expressed in some of Kavanaugh's previous writings, particularly in a 2009 article published in the Minnesota Law Review, that the president should be exempted from criminal prosecution, indictment, and being civilly sued while in office to prevent distraction and harms to the federal government's function. When Trump announced Kavanaugh as his choice in the White House East Room Monday night, Kyl was there, seated next to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who will lead the confirmation proceedings.

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.

"He knows everybody, everybody knows him", said Sen. "Critics on the Right have pointed out that while Kavanaugh is undoubtedly brilliant and conservative, he seems to be something of a judicial politician". But it has been three decades since a president has been able to name more than two justices to their life-tenured posts, and Trump tied that number this week.

Whose argument do you think is winning? "It's not. And Brett understands that".

"We won this battle in the light of day a year ago", said Sen. It is also possible, however, that Democratic senators such as Joe Manchin (W.Va) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), who are up for reelection in red states, could break party lines and support Kavanaugh. "Every Democrat voted against repeal of the ACA". "But we were operating under a law that said this is what the independent counsel's job is, so that's what we did", Leipold said.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said.

Click the video above to watch our complete interview with Starr. "It didn't matter what I thought or what Brett thought in particular". It's hard to say if Kavanaugh will be "a turning point", he said.

WEDDINGTON: Well, my guess is that someone like Kavanaugh would write an opinion basically saying there is no right of privacy.

"If you're intent on him being a bad guy, there's ways you can characterize practically anything - that it was all part of a strategy, a clever move, or purely partisan ends". "I think we should have the hearings; let's lay out the facts".

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called Kavanagh "one of the most thoughtful jurists" in the country but warned of an onslaught of "fear mongering" from liberal groups trying to derail the nomination.

He knows his Senate colleagues and the process better than the nominee. "He cared about the details". "Therefore, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, I will not prosecute any women, medical professionals or providers for the administration of safe abortion services". "What we need are judges that stand for constitutional values, what the Constitution says and if there is a question going back to original intent". Each comes from a state that went for Trump.

But: Murkowski also said that Roe v. Wade wasn't going to make or break her vote: "It's not as if those are the only matters that come before the Supreme Court". By your understanding, what were the legal principles that guided him in that case?