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Congrats are in order for federal judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, as President Donald Trump has selected him as his Supreme Court Justice nominee on July 9.

Sen. Susan Collins (R): "Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience, having served more than a decade on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals".

A Boston Globe analysis of over 500 roll-call votes made by Collins shows she has favored those candidates for judicial positions - including district court, circuit court of appeals, and the Supreme Court, among other appointments - nearly 99 percent of the time.

Kennedy had voted to preserve the core principles of the high court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade, because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", she said. In a statement delivered at the White House in front of reporters, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and more, POTUS revealed his pick, which comes just two weeks after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

In essence, Kavanaugh argued that he could not rule on the case because the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867 did not allow judges to rule on the legality of a tax before it was imposed.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Kennedy in the mid-1990s.

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Democrats are specifically targeting two pro-choice Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

In 2009, Kavanaugh floated the idea that presidents should be immune from criminal and civil charges while in office because of the pressures of leading the nation. "So am I", Schumer said on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation. 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. Progressive stalwart Sherrod Brown of OH said: "I will make a decision after meeting with him".

"That would be binding precedent of the court, it's been decided by the Supreme Court". "I am going to do my due diligence, exercise an independent review and independent judgment so don't have a feeling one way or another", said the Alabama Democrat. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen.

Kavanaugh is one of two dozen jurists Trump listed as potential Supreme Court nominees during the 2016 campaign, a list that generated significant enthusiasm among social conservatives who have long sought to overturn abortion rights in America, among other causes. His confirmation now rests in the hands of a narrowly split Senate, where defections from Trump's own party could sink his chances.

In the law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that Congress could consider a law exempting the president while in office from criminal prosecution because it is "inevitably politicized by both their supporters and critics". Kirsten Gillibrand, and Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed Kavanaugh's nomination. The Senate minority leader vows to fight Kavanaugh "with everything I've got". However, in a Monday night tweet, the group's long-time president, Fred Krupp, proposed that senators ask Kavanaugh whether he will "honor access to the courts to address pollution", as well as honoring "the established protections forged in law to address poisons in air, water and food including the clear [and] present danger of climate pollution?"


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