Here's what Susan Collins said about Trump's Supreme Court pick

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Rather, he draws from his experience working for independent counsel Ken Starr, whose zealous investigation of Bill Clinton resulted in a recommendation for impeachment, and as a top aide in the Bush White House to make the case that Congress should pass a law excusing the president from criminal prosecution and investigation while in office.

"I'm deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on The Supreme Court", Brett said.

The Senate will now vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Given that Republicans have a majority in the Senate and that, with the help of Democrat Harry Reid, they've abolished the filibuster for judicial nominations, none of those arguments are likely to carry the day.

Analysts say that could have weighed in his favour with the White House, given that the Supreme Court may at some point be asked to rule on matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation.

In an article in the Minnesota Law Review (pdf), Kavanaugh also noted his position on Senate confirmation hearings-a process he'll soon be facing.

Some of the protesters got on 5th Ave. and laid down on the roadway in front of Trump Tower. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court".

The Democrat's rally on the court's steps began shortly after Trump's 9 p.m. Monday announcement and included chants of "Hell no on Kavanaugh". The judge, who has authored more than 300 opinions, has also written fairly extensively about presidential authority and the separation of powers.

Then, in 2000, Kavanaugh was part of an energetic pack of Republican lawyers who traveled south and worked nonstop to help then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush during the critical Florida election recount.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says Republicans know they're in for a contentious battle to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, but "won't back down from the fight".

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.


Three Democratic senators sure to face tremendous pressure over whether to back President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee have been invited to Monday's White House announcement of the pick.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has significant Washington credentials.

Another Democrat representing a conservative state, Doug Jones (Ala.), was not in the Senate to vote on Gorsuch.

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.

" 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".

Republicans will target three Democrats facing re-election in conservative states where Trump won big majorities in the 2016 election - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of in - to support Kavanaugh. But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee.

Former New Hampshire Sen. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Since 2006, Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often called the nation's second most powerful court.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.

The crux of the conservative disagreement over Kavanaugh's Obamacare record comes from a single decision in 2011.

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