Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. It marked the second time Trump has moved filled a vacancy on the high court. "I can personally attest that, in addition to his government and judicial service, Judge Kavanaugh has been a longtime friend to many of us in the Yale Law School community".
"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an terrible lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during his investigation of President Bill Clinton and worked in the White House during George W. Bush's presidency. Neither faces re-election this year, and both are centrists who've backed abortion rights and helped block their party's 2017 effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care statute.
"I look forward to thoroughly examining Judge Kavanaugh's record in the coming weeks as the Senate considers his nomination to replace Justice Kennedy", McCaskill said.
Democrats plan a confrontation centered on abortion and healthcare, hoping to either scuttle the nomination process completely or delay it until after November in the hope of winning extra seats in the Senate to force Trump to compromise.
Leo said, however, that Trump would ultimately succeed at lining up conservative support for anyone he selected.
Many on the left are concerned that a Trump appointee could join a conservative majority in taking away abortion rights and overturn Roe v. Wade, which Trump made a campaign promise. "No single prosecutor, judge, or jury should be able to accomplish what the Constitution assigns to the Congress".
Assuming Kavanaugh's candidacy receives support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would need a simple majority of Senate votes to be placed on the high court.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said opponents were using "40-year-old scare tactics" over abortion and other issues but they "will not stop us from doing the right thing". "The decisions a President must make are hard and often life-or-death, the pressure is relentless, the problems arise from all directions, the criticism is unremitting and personal, and at the end of the day only one person is responsible".
Ms Collins has said she will not vote for any candidate who threatens abortion rights.
Kennedy cast the pivotal vote to uphold Roe in the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision.
"I'll spare you most of the jokes about how President Trump turned the Supreme Court nomination into a reality show".
A number of lawsuits against the agency are also making their way through the courts, and past year, Kavanaugh weighed in on one of those cases brought by the mortgage company PHH Corporation. Now it remains to be seen whether or not his confirmation can actually be wrapped up by the beginning of the court's new term in October.