Maine's congressional delegation weighs in on Supreme Court pick

Maine's congressional delegation weighs in on Supreme Court pick

Trump announced his choice with a prime-time address from the White House East Room.

That insider status can help Kavanaugh win over the Washington elite and secure enough Senate votes to avoid an embarrassing loss for Trump. "This decision will directly impact nearly 40 percent of my state, so I'm very interested in his position". "I do not apply an ideological test to their personal views". Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

McConnell said Kavanaugh was an "outstanding nomination". "And I find that to be troubling". This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year.

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

Alabamians will be hearing a lot about Kavanaugh in the coming days.

Joe Manchin, a West Virginia senator, said: "I believe the Senate..."

Additionally, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) did not offer a statement Monday night as to whether it would oppose Kavanaugh's nomination. They all voted previous year to support Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, but have been non-committal on Kavanaugh. 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. Others have seen an even deeper ulterior motive in the choice of a man who is seen as a Bush loyalist, a fact that should have put off Trump: Kavanaugh sees the U.S. presidency as such a unique and challenging job that he believes the White House occupant should be shielded from indictment, prosecution, or interrogation while in office.

Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said judges probably shouldn't face recusal just because Trump picked them.

In fact, Ben Cardin, one of Maryland's two Democratic senators, suspects Kavanaugh's major selling point to Trump was not his glittering conservative bona fides but the judge's record of support for executive authority and privilege, and for deference to the president.

"In no event should this nominee be considered until Congress reviews Special Counsel Mueller's report regarding likely Trump collusion with the Russians and obstruction of justice", he said on Twitter.

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has yet to make a public statement regarding its stance on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh has served on the bench of the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006, appointed by Bush. Democrats plan to pressure two moderate Senate Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, to oppose the nomination.

Similar sentiments were shared by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks.

He says, "Because President Trump has said repeatedly that he would nominate judges to overturn the ACA, the Supreme Court vacancy is only further putting health care front and center, raising the stakes for maintaining these vital health care protections". "Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee".

A senior White House official says Trump called Kavanaugh on Sunday evening to inform him that he was his choice to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

"Rehnquist's dissenting opinion [in Roe...] stated that under the Court's precedents, any such unenumerated right had to be rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people", Kavanaugh summarized.

"Another conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who honors the original intent of the Constitution will have a positive impact on our country for decades".

"We look forward to the confirmation process, which will unfold in the next few weeks", McConnell said, ignoring a question about whether Democrats would support the nomination.