A liberal professor makes a case for Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

While experts are dubious the new challenges have standing, in no small part because Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal members of the court in 2012 to uphold the law, Democratic senators have hinted healthcare will be a core piece of their opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination.

Did Trump choose Kavanaugh because of this opinion, skeptics are now wondering.

"Not only did Mr. Kavanaugh say that a president should not be subpoenaed, he said a president shouldn't be investigated", Schumer said.

"Like Neil Gorsuch before him, Kavanaugh is an ideologically driven pick designed to create an activist Supreme Court that will undermine rights and protections for women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and all vulnerable people".

While Kavanaugh's record has antagonized conservatives at times, his position on executive authority may have endeared himself to Trump.

But there may be more to Trump's choice than just support for Kavanaugh's alleged judicial independence.

"From what I know at this point, it appears President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh", Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said in a statement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also received a heads-up from the president.

Donald Trump said: "What matters is not a judges political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the constitution require".

During Trump's presidential campaign, he emphasized that he would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court bench if he was elected.

It may not also be his last, with liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg 85-years-old and Stephen Breyer turning 80 next month.

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Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right. "But in terms of the man now before us, Brett Kavanaugh is a true intellectual-a leading thinker and writer on the subjects of statutory interpretation and federal courts; an incomparable mentor-someone who picks law clerks of all backgrounds and viewpoints; and a fair-minded jurist who believes in the rule of law".

Both CNN and Politico report that Trump's one-on-one meeting with Kennedy cemented the choice, though NBC News went further in its reporting and is now taking flak for going public with-and then retracting-a one-source allegation of a deal between Kennedy and the White House.

The Democrats are trying to pressure two Republicans, Sens.

Neil Gorsuch, 50, who was appointed by Mr Trump past year, is already one of the most conservative of the court's nine justices. But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Dianne Feinstein of California.

Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, so they can approve Trump's nominee without any Democratic support as long as they don't lose more than one vote. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Former New Hampshire Sen. Since 2006, he has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

The White House hopes his close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania - up for re-election - says he'll be opposed.

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

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.

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