Rick Santorum on Kavanaugh Nomination: Trump ‘Bowed to the Elite in Washington’

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In a pair of tweets, Bream said the atmosphere at the scene was "volatile" as rowdy demonstrators gathered to protest Trump's Supreme Court nomination.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also received a heads-up from the president.

Trump's nom was unveiled in the White House's East Room, picking from his short list provided by right-wing Federalist Society.

President Trump chose Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The president's decision could shape the nation's highest court for years to come.

President Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year. Kavanaugh also taught at Harvard Law School, having been hired by current Supreme Court Justice, and Barack Obama nominee, Elena Kagan. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington. On the bright side, Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr during his probe of President Bill Clinton, and is credited by pundits with some of the most salacious questions to that POTUS. (As The Hill reports, the idea is that highlighting issues like Obamacare's protections for preexisting conditions in addition to reproductive rights will be less divisive in red states.) Meanwhile, Republicans sought to portray Democrats as hysterical obstructionists tearing down a perfectly respectable judge for partisan purposes (though they refused to even consider President Obama's far more centrist Supreme Court nominee purely for partisan purposes). The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement. "I think that's going to rub a lot of people the wrong way".

The senator had stumped publicly for her and called her an outstanding judge. As recently as Monday afternoon, sources said he was a front-runner alongside D.C. federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh. Trump instead went with Kavanaugh.

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For Democrats, that meant highlighting Kavanaugh's views on health care - not just the very real possibility that Roe v. Wade will be overturned by a more conservative Supreme Court, but the broader threat to access to affordable health care.

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An avid runner, Kavanaugh lists his two Boston Marathon finishes on his court website biography: 3:59:45 in 2010 and 4:08:36 in 2015. But if Kavanaugh is Trump's choice, he likely would step away from pending cases.

In 2008, Kavanaugh issued a dissent in a case where the majority ordered a company to bargain with a union.

Mike Sacks, a reporter for the Fox television affiliate in NY and a self-described lapsed lawyer, was among the first to make the connection on Twitter. Democratic senators running for re-election in states President Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from President Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall. Democrats painted him as too partisan, but the Senate ultimately confirmed him three years later.

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Since Republicans only hold a 51 seat majority, and Senator John McCain is home battling brain cancer, one GOP "no" vote could tank Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Trump, meanwhile, said that he does not ask about a nominee's "personal opinions". Trump picked him anyway. On top of that, a source reportedly said the judge had been given the sense he could be nominated during a future vacancy. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

The judge emphasized that no one is above the law, but he pointed out that the Constitution already provides a solution if there's a scoundrel in the White House.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring from the Senate in January 2013.

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