Emotions high as Kavanaugh begins fight for confirmation

Outside candidate for Supreme Court buoyed by McConnell's backing

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.

The breaking news of Mr. Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh generated almost seven times more interactions than CNN, the closest news competitor.

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative policy advocacy group backed by the influential Koch network, has planned a seven-figure ad campaign to support Kavanaugh, as it did past year on behalf of Gorsuch, as well as mounting a grassroots campaign in Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Republicans outnumber Democrats, 51 to 49, in the Senate. That's insane...to me that's where the battle is going to be pitched, ' one GOP veteran of Supreme Court confirmation battles told Politico. "My body, my choice!" and "hey, hey, ho, ho, Kavanaugh has got to go!" Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.

From left, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and Vice President Mike Pence before a meeting in McConnell's office in the US Capitol on Tuesday.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said: "If confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will have the chance to codify President Trump and Vice President Pence's unsafe anti-LGBTQ record and the agenda of anti-LGBTQ groups into law for decades to come".

"Not being a politician, I think people wanted to hear what some of my choices may be, and it was pretty effective", Trump said of the list, on the day Kennedy's retirement was announced.

Heritage has also called labor unions - who helped build the middle class - "cartels".

Collins, a moderate Republican, has generally supported court nominees put forth by Republican presidents.

"In a nation with over 700 sitting federal judges, many of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, it is outrageous that President Trump will nominate from a list of just 25 dictated to him by the Heritage Foundation". They have to defend 10 seats in red states and try to pick up two additional seats in order to take control of the Senate.

" Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a Tweet: "We must have a Justice who will apply the law fairly even for the most vulnerable among us, and not interpret it to protect the privileges of the most powerful". Keep reading below to learn more about Trump's pick! The Judicial Crisis Network, which describes itself as "dedicated to strengthening liberty and justice" and is committed to "limited government", has already purchased a $1.4 million ad campaign on national cable and digital TV, and on stations in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, featuring an introductory bio spot about the nominee.

But whether Senate Democrats will stay united in opposition to Kavanaugh also is in question.

Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Former New Hampshire Sen. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania - up for re-election - says he'll be opposed.

Both sides will be poring over Kavanaugh's some 300 legal opinions in his 12 years as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, not to mention his legal articles and speaking engagements. Some noted that the crowd in front of the Supreme Court building had gotten very hostile at times after the announcement.

Judge Kavanaugh graduated from Yale College in 1987, and from Yale Law School in 1990, where he was a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. "He hasn't committed to how he is going to vote on the nominee", Severino said about Jones, who has supported abortion rights.

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