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President Donald Trump waited for primetime to unveil his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Baldwin also opposed Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee.

Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken praised President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, calling him a "longtime friend" and someone she has "admired".

Kennedy was considered the court's swing vote for reproductive rights, and Democrats have made abortion rights a primary focus for the Kavanaugh confirmation fight.

"Judge Kavanaugh's nomination presents an emergency - for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country", the letter states.

Questions of this nature could end up being decided by the court in the coming months, as Trump is a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible role in it.

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"President Trump vowed he'd never let the NRA down, and with the Kavanaugh pick, he chose someone whose judicial record demonstrates a unsafe view of the Second Amendment that elevates gun rights above public safety".

However, given his past experience, and the role of the Federalist Society in vetting the nominees on the short list, I would be surprised to see Judge Kavanaugh's positions change dramatically if he is confirmed. Kavanagh hasn't expressed outright disapproval of Roe v. Wade, but he did dissent to a decision last October to allow an undocumented immigrant teen in detention to seek an abortion. Democrats hope public support for healthcare will help them repeat that victory by building opposition to Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge and Trump's second nominee to the high court. Thus, no matter whether the President is Democratic or Republican, no matter whether the Senate is controlled by Democrats or by Republicans, you have the same ground rules for how nominations will be considered. Heidi Heitkamp begins to make mildly pro-Kavanaugh statements. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska made clear that while they're both in the earliest of stages of reviewing Kavanaugh's record, they both find him to be "qualified" for the position.

I do. That's not to say it won't be hard.

However, Brewer said she does not think McCain will make it back to the Senate in order to vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation. A slate of progressive senators and 2020 White House hopefuls, including Sens.

"And I would say being very strict on interpretation of the Constitution and things like that, that's what impresses me, that's what ought to impress most people, because that's what the Constitution writers meant was that judges were supposed to interpret law", he added.


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