Kavanaugh is viewed as a more conservative-leaning judge, but still must go through a gauntlet of confirmation hearings as Democrats hope to stave off the confirmation until after the midterms.
"In terms of his actual daily life, he's a guy that does not live in a conservative bubble", Doug Gansler, the former Democratic attorney general of Maryland and a friend and Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's, told Politico. In 2016, he wrote the appeals court decision that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, formed under Obama, was unconstitutional.
An appointee of George W. Bush, Kavanaugh's first notable role in public life was helping to draft the Starr report, which detailed the sexual relationship between former President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky and called for the President's impeachment.
More recently, in a case involving a pregnant 17-year-old in immigration custody in Texas, Kavanaugh dissented from a court ruling that ordered the girl be released from detention to obtain an abortion. "It's been decided by the Supreme Court". In addition to Kavanaugh, in recent days he expressed renewed interest in Hardiman, the runner-up when President Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking.
Trump has often clashed with Republican leadership, even publicly, and his decision to nominate Kavanaugh could stir up problems between him and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Utah Republican said Monday of Barrett: "I don't think she's going to be the one who's chosen this time".
The feminist group blasted out a statement shortly after Mr. Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, saying him confimation would "further erode protections for nearly every marginalized group in America".
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Here's why: Kavanaugh's court rarely issues opinions on Monday. He noted that he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he was hired by former dean Elena Kagan, appointed by Obama to the Supreme Court in 2010. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from President Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.
Cornyn spoke shortly after Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said any of Trump's likely nominees poses a threat to the Affordable Care Act and a woman's right to have an abortion. If the decision is made permanent, it would lead to higher premiums. Jon Kyl would guide President Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's response focused nearly exclusively on health care, and was clearly aimed at Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, who are pro-choice and voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act previous year.
The judge emphasized that no one is above the law, but he pointed out that the Constitution already provides a solution if there's a scoundrel in the White House. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
He joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2006. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.
One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from President Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups. "Brett Kavanaugh is hands down among the finest".