Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress.
President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court once wrote that sitting presidents should be immune from criminal investigation because their job is too important and prosecution would be a burdensome distraction.
President Donald Trump made his final decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday night.
Republicans outnumber Democrats, 51 to 49, in the Senate.
One could also argue with credibility that, while replacing arch-conservative Antonin Scalia with a younger version is acceptable, replacing the relatively moderate Kennedy, who was frequently the swing vote on the Court, with an arch-conservative is bad for the 'country. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president.
But there may be more to Trump's choice than just support for Kavanaugh's alleged judicial independence.
While on the campaign trail, Trump said that if he gets to nominate one or two conservative justices, the court would "automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade.
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.
"Judge Kavanaugh should not be allowed anywhere near our nation's highest bench", a post on the Democratic Party's official blog said.More news: LeBron won’t meet with Cavaliers in person when free agency opens
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The conservative Kavanaugh is looking to take over a spot set to be vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy's abrupt impending retirement.
Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome. He said he looks forward to the confirmation process beginning.
Schumer pledged to use all the weapons in his arsenal to stop Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court. "That's not happening. A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll of key states shows Dems would lose three of those red-state seats while picking up two GOP seats - still short of the majority".
" Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a Tweet: "We must have a Justice who will apply the law fairly even for the most vulnerable among us, and not interpret it to protect the privileges of the most powerful".
Casey has more political cover as Pennsylvania only went for Trump by 1.2 points in 2016.
Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.
Former New Hampshire Sen.
Outside Trump Tower in Midtown, demonstrators gathered to protest the potential shift of the Supreme Court to the right.
While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. He supported releasing the girl to a sponsor, where she could obtain an abortion if she chose to do so and leave the government out of it.