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The statement condemning Trump's nominee, who would replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, was released at 9:46 p.m. EDT, according to screenshots shared on social media. It is likely to be one of the more important decisions of his presidency. Susan Collins, of ME, a supporter of abortion rights who represents a mostly blue state - ME is able to split its electoral college votes, with one district consistently blue and the second a battleground. Even as the Late Show host bemoaned the announcement of Republican judge Brett Kavanaugh, Colbert is still a victor.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh would receive a raise of nearly 16% from his current, $220,600-per-year salary for his role as a circuit judge. It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.
He fought on the legal team urging Florida not to have a recount in the 2000 presidential election between Bush and Al Gore, Clinton's vice president. George H.W. Bush put David Souter and Clarence Thomas on the court in his one term in office.
Republicans are pushing back, accusing Democrats of distorting the judge's words.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the first to meet with Kavanaugh, along with Vice President Mike Pence and Kavanaugh's "sherpa" throughout the confirmation process, former Arizona GOP Sen.
Republicans have blasted Democrats for quickly attacking Kavanaugh, with some senators announcing their opposition as soon as or even before he was announced as the nominee.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called Kavanaugh's views on dealing with potential executive wrongdoing "dangerous".
In this series, the National Law Review will examine Kavanaugh's record on some major issues as well as synthesize external analysis of his positions from major players in the field. Special counsel Robert Mueller, of course, is now investigating potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Even four-in-10 Democrats supported her. The court's oldest remaining justices, two liberals and a conservative who are 85, 79 and 70, haven't suggested they're going anywhere and appear in fine health.
At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination. Miers, who had no judicial experience, withdrew her nomination in 2005 under pressure from conservative groups and concerns from senators that her responses to a standard questionnaire for nominees were inadequate.
"I don't concede the point that it's somehow counterproductive to the goal of winning in the midterms to fight like hell to stop Brett Kavanaugh", Fallon said. Rob Portman (R-OH), not in picture, at his office in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018.
But Republicans hold the narrowest of majorities in the Senate: 51 Republicans, against 49 Democrats and Independents. Those included a number of disputed cases, including ones supporting same-sex marriage and a woman's right to an abortion. "This is unfortunate", Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, wrote in an email. "That would be binding precedent of the Court, it's been decided by the Supreme Court". When a court wants to invalidate a portion of a law, it usually also has to determine whether Congress would have considered other aspects of the law unworkable without it.
Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words.
VOA's Steve Herman reported this story.