Democrats warn Trump's SCOTUS pick could impact Mueller probe

Democrats warn Trump's SCOTUS pick could impact Mueller probe

Democrats warn Trump's SCOTUS pick could impact Mueller probe

He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House.

Tennessee's senators were complimentary of President Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday night, but they withheld explicit support.

"We knew with any of the 25 nominees that healthcare and women's health and right to choose would be important", Schumer said, referencing a list of conservative judges drawn up by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

"Montanans have a lot on the line with this next Supreme Court Justice, so I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put politics aside and do what's best for this nation", Tester said.

Kavanaugh acknowledges this is not the view he held in the 1990s when he was working towards President Clinton's impeachment over the affair with Lewinsky, a White House intern.

Liberals plan to paint Kavanaugh as an extremist who can not be trusted, because of the process through which he was chosen, which included being part of a preapproved list drawn up for Trump during the campaign.

Conservative Christians have long vied to overturn that decision, and Mr Trump has previously said he wants "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed Democratic and liberal concerns over the president's nominee as hyperbole that will not persuade the American people.

" Sen. Ben Cardin, also a Democrat, said in a statement that he was "gravely concerned" about Kavanaugh's willingness to defer criminal investigations and prosecutions presidential misconduct until after President Trump leaves office". It is imperative that judges adhere to the Constitution and resist judicial activism. There is a 51-49 split in favor of Republicans, suggesting Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed as Kennedy's replacement, though it is not a done deal.

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Appellate court judge Brett Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump's pick to fill the soon-to-be vacant spot on the Supreme Court bench.

The millions of documents can be requested by Senate Democrats and would take time for the National Archives, the federal court system and other stake holders to compile, meaning a confirmation hearing before the Senate leaves for August recess would be unlikely.

The poll shows that Democrats in three states - Sen.

Casey says the list of judges Trump has used to find a Supreme Court nominee is the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.

But whether Senate Democrats will stay united in opposition to Kavanaugh also is in question. Like Trump's first nominee previous year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation.

Former New Hampshire Sen. Judge Kavanaugh is relatively young, meaning he could serve for decades to come.

Trump is facing a lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who said that he groped and kissed her.

The liberal coalition started holding events on Monday, before the announcement was made, with a focus on the twin issues of keeping abortion legal and maintaining insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions, which are the subject of a federal court case that could eventually reach the Supreme Court.

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