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President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court. Alex Brandon AP
Sandy Nunez | 12 July, 2018, 16:03

Trump was, of course referring to the fact that Democrats have come forward in opposition of his new SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh, a judge that may move SCOTUS sharply to the right.

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Stephen Colbert is "still recovering from watching America's Next Top Justice", alluding to President Trump's reality-show-ification of announcing his new Supreme Court Justice nominee. Kavanaugh endorsed the administration's effort to block the procedure, at least until the girl could obtain a sponsor, a process that could have taken weeks and made it more hard to terminate the pregnancy.

Democrats are anxious that Kavanaugh will join with the court's other four conservative members to reverse legalized abortion in the United States.

They would once again have an enthusiasm edge over Republicans, who could no longer make the midterms a referendum on the Supreme Court and would tend to feel as if they had won the war, not just a single battle.

As a federal judge, he noted how he can hire three clerks a year, and that majority have been women.

When Trump finally tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy, McConnell resorted to changing procedural rules so he could be approved by a simple majority instead of the traditional 60-40 threshold.

The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". Republicans control the chamber, and they are eager to play a role in firming up the court's conservative majority to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote.

The newly-nominated justice on Tuesday went to the US Capitol to begin meeting with senators ahead of any confirmation hearings to explain his positions.

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"Judge Kavanaugh has written some troubling things about environmental protections, consumer protections, commonsense gun safety laws - all of which should be carefully examined by this Senate and by the American people", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

On Wednesday, the former press secretary for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign told ABC's Powerhouse Politics podcast hosts Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein that "there's more than a million pages of documents" from Kavanaugh's time working under President George W. Bush.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said today that if any Republicans break ranks on the Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, he doesn't expect any endangered Democrats to cross over and vote for confirmation.

Kavanaugh grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher. Will he protect women's freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions? And, he has been part of some highly disputed legal cases.

While Democrats tried to paint Kavanaugh as an extremist, Republicans said he was the type of moderate Bush might have appointed.

In a statement released that same day, McCain said the judge's reputation as "fair, independent and mainstream" has earned him respect among his peers.

Mueller is looking into any links between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 electoral campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice.

"I don't think there's much that Democratic senators can do to slow down or to prevent his confirmation", said Suffolk Law professor Rene Reyes.