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Vulnerable Democrats welcome Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

11 Juillet 2018

President Trump is set to announce his second Supreme Court nominee. "I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will thoughtfully and thoroughly review this individual during the confirmation process and carefully consider him rather than making a knee-jerk decision based on politics and nothing else".

The appellate court judge's first, well-photographed stop: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically".

ROY BLUNT: They're good judges. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".

"The far right has total control of the Congress, they have total control of the administration, now they want total control of the judiciary, and I'm just not going to allow that to happen and I'm going to keep fighting against it", he said.

Joining us here in the studio was Amy Weintraub.


Kavanaugh now faces the confirmation process.

At the top of issues that will be closely watched is abortion. But a couple of concerns have arisen.

Kavanaugh then served as Bush's counsel in the White House before Bush nominated him for the D.C. Circuit in July 2003.

Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter. Reporter: "How many people are you deciding between now?"

By Monday Barrett, at 46 the youngest and the only woman of the four, was being widely discounted due to her relative inexperience and her strong views as a social and religious conservative. "I was a little bit comforted knowing I was not overreacting in my deep malaise", said Stacy Hawkins, a professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden.

This system, built to bolster a president who wasn't obviously up to the job of picking judges, has resulted in an admirably transparent process. The president also has been considering federal appeals court Judges Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. Over the a year ago, Justice Gorsuch has embodied the most sacred principles of the court, making impartial decisions based upon the Constitution. He's been vetted before. Democrats say every document from his time in the Bush White House needs to be turned over to the committee, arguing that a similar standard was followed by Justice Elena Kagan in her 2010 confirmation proceedings. "There is no question in my mind regarding Brett for the Supreme Court".

The vice president also briefly discussed foreign affairs ahead of this week's key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where President Trump is expected to demand US allies contribute more funding for their own national defense.

MCCAMMON: Well it's something he needs to think about, for sure. They criticize Kavanaugh as insufficiently committed to overturning Roe v. Wade.

Trump, meanwhile, said that he does not ask about a nominee's "personal opinions".

With Democrats releasing a fleet of statements either declaring immediate opposition or deep skepticism about Kavanaugh's previous writings, decisions and policy stances, Graham issued something of a warning to the minority party.

MARTIN: What's the timeline from there? Eastern Time on Monday. The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of various contenders with aides and allies. Instead, he chose a nominee whose ideology would shift the Court's majority, thereby threatening fundamental rights and failing to check executive power. That likely means meetings with senators. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months". "I'm deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on The Supreme Court", Brett said.

MARTIN: All right. NPR's Sarah McCammon for us this morning.

Vulnerable Democrats welcome Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh