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Theresa Hayes | 12 July, 2018, 19:49

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. The announcement comes just weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, and approximately a year and two months since Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, was confirmed. The panel will launch confirmation hearings later this summer.

As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh dissented in 2011 from the appeals court's conclusion that Obamacare did not violate the U.S. Constitution. At the event, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he will fight the nomination "with everything I've got".

Click the video above to watch our complete interview with Starr. "It takes five to do anything", said Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.

Ingraham said that Democrats will create "viral drama" in order to turn out their base and "slash away" at a "perfectly competent" pick like Kavanaugh. His opponents will contest this conclusion, but largely because they are focused less on what the law requires than on winners and losers, and they fear that the undoubtedly conservative Kavanaugh will rule against them in many contexts. They have included backing citizens' right to own semi-automatic rifles, delaying a teenager from getting an abortion by detaining her for being in the USA illegally and supporting a religious-liberty challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate.

Democrats are also raising red flags over Kavanaugh's past writing that suggests investigations of sitting presidents are a distraction to executive branch leadership. They see that as concerning amid the ongoing special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"The American people should have their eyes wide open to these stakes", said Sen. The confirmation hearings are going to make the infamous Robert H. Bork hearings seem like a kumbaya session by comparison.

"Trump has been unequivocal that he intends to appoint a justice who will overturn Roe v wade", said Clarke. But in an era where liberal protests have become almost weekly events, Democratic strategists and activists say they see a new sense of urgency when it comes to the country's highest court.

That response raises a question in Hamilton's mind: "Is Brett Kavanaugh saying that because he would be a lower-level court judge held to adhere to the precedent established by the Supreme Court - or is that a reflection of Kavanaugh's personal view on the matter?"

That's all the support Kavanaugh needs to be confirmed.

That hasn't stopped Trump and others from predicting more openings. John McCain, R-Ariz., at home getting treatment for brain cancer. Collins is considered a Republican who often works across the aisle and has voted with both Democrats and Republicans.

"They would have opposed for partisan reasons anyone that President Trump nominated", Cotton said. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Sen.

In a dissent a year ago, he wrote that "Supreme Court precedent establishes that Internet service providers have a First Amendment right to exercise editorial discretion over whether and how to carry Internet content".

There are two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who are being watched closely because of their pro-abortion rights stances and their votes against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act - "Obamacare".