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"I believe that the judge has impressive credentials".

Cramer also praised Kavanaugh's commitment to "the rule of the law and the US constitution", along with Kavanaugh's academic background at Yale.

Trump even kept his decision from lawmakers until just before his 9 p.m. announcement Monday, informing senators of his decision during a reception in the State Dining Room before his prime time address.

Here's what central Illinois' congressional delegation has to say about Kavanaugh's nomination.

Equality Florida policy director John Harris Maurer takes issue with Kavanaugh's record on LGBTQ rights. "And when I was in college I can tell you that I encountered many, many, many young women who were desperate to find abortions - this was before Roe v Wade".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, whose panel will hold Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and eventually vote on whether his nominee should be referred to the full Senate, said he expects the consideration process to be "thorough".

"I am here tonight because I'm a United States senator", Sen.

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There were also concerns about that a summit Monday between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki , Finland. The Helsinki talks culminate a week of Trump's bull-in-a-China-shop diplomacy in Europe.

"To say that if a president deems a law unconstitutional, he doesn't have to obey it, that's unsafe at any time, but it's particularly risky when Donald Trump is president and we are going to make this a major and important issue", Schumer said.

Several notable politicos spoke at the protests in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court's latest addition to the bench, reported $3.6 million and $10.5 million in assets on his latest financial disclosure.

Democrats, who are in the minority, may not be able to block him, but they argue that Kavanaugh would shift the court further to the right, potentially threatening access to abortion and undermining the Affordable Care Act.

LEO: One of the great things about Judge Kavanaugh and a number of the other finalists that President Trump considered is that their writings evidence a desire to keep politics out of the courts. Baldwin, like other Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh, cited concerns that abortion could be banned as a reason to not support him. As liberal groups focus on Collins and Murkowski, conservatives are targeting Donnelly, Doug Jones of Alabama, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. His confirmation is complicated by an unusually long record as an appellate judge and as a George W. Bush administration official - and also his role as part of the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton. Republicans, meanwhile, hope centrist Democrats running for re-election in conservative-leaning states will back Kavanaugh. "But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office". In the case, Kavanaugh dissented on the court's ruling to allow an undocumented pregnant teenager to seek an abortion.