Trump's Supreme Court pick works Capitol Hill

Sen. Kamala Harris' office rejected a courtesy call from the White House in the lead up to President Trump's Supreme Court nomination

Sen. Kamala Harris' office rejected a courtesy call from the White House in the lead up to President Trump's Supreme Court nomination

Whose argument do you think is winning?

KYL:.Great to see you.

Trump said Monday he picked Kavanaugh for his "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

As November's congressional election looms, Republican senators are calling for a swift confirmation process for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the hope of putting him on the bench by the time the next court session begins in October. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain.

The former California attorney general is the last member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask questions in hearings. Ms. Weddington, thank you so much for your time.

SHAPIRO: You wrote on Twitter that Kavanaugh has not earned the benefit of the doubt and that he has to demonstrate his ability to exercise unbiased and independent judgment. Both of his appointees, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, voted against him. Susan Collins of ME - said she needs more information before she knows whether Kavanaugh would uphold the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling affirming the legality of a woman's right to have an abortion under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

"There will be the usual attempts to sully his reputation, not only in the Senate but outside the Senate, but he'll be able to handle it, and I have every confidence he'll be confirmed", Hatch said.

On his first day as a newly-minted nominee to the Supreme Court, more than a half-dozen swing senators made clear that Brett Kavanaugh will have to say the right things on their policy priorities if he wants to get confirmed.

They would once again have an enthusiasm edge over Republicans, who could no longer make the midterms a referendum on the Supreme Court and would tend to feel as if they had won the war, not just a single battle.

HIRONO: That's right. That's how it used to be with a 60-vote requirement.

The 2018 salary of a Supreme Court associate justice is $255,300, according to the US Courts.

Kavanaugh spent 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and has a record of more conservative rulings on environmental cases, favoring industry over regulators especially in cases related to greenhouse gas emissions. "Any senator who believes Supreme Court justices should protect the rights of all Americans should reject this nomination".

"It's not like they're going to get better with age".

But he might take issue with the judge's 2011 ruling in favor of EPA's retroactive veto of a West Virginia mountaintop-removal mining project.

SHAPIRO:.Hurt your colleagues' re-election chances if they do oppose this nominee? The Court has established detailed tests to assess whether affirmative action programs are race-based or race-neutral - and also whether they pass constitutional muster.

SHAPIRO: Your party is in the minority.

In a statement Monday night, Heitkamp said the process for selecting Gorsuch was "exhaustive and fair".

In 2016, Kavanaugh ruled in favour of a division of Verizon, which had ordered employees to stop displaying pro-union signs.

SHAPIRO: So perhaps raise awareness even if it's not.

HIRONO: Well, if we raise the awareness to the dangers to everyone's health care - pre-existing conditions are really people who are sick or have a medical history. "Skepticism of federal power and belief in states' rights have a lot in common and share intellectual roots". We could see racism continue to flourish within the criminal justice system.

HIRONO:.To everyone all across our country with regard to this nominee. That gives Harris, who prepares extensively for the hearings, an opportunity to identify questions she believes the person testifying hasn't sufficiently answered - and then pounce, serving as the closer for Democrats.

HIRONO: Judge Kavanaugh is not exactly in the mainstream.

HIRONO: So it's not true that he's in the mainstream.

The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

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