The big money behind Trump’s Supreme Court pick

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington. "And President Trump knows that Kavanaugh will be a barrier to preventing that investigation from going there". "I can personally attest that, in addition to his government and judicial service, Judge Kavanaugh has been a longtime friend to many of us in the Yale Law School community".

Last night he confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the court in a move that has anxious liberals and womens' groups. It was ruled a suicide, but conspiracy theorists were not so certain. He previously served for five years in the White House under former US president George W. Bush. After that he became a staff secretary for Bush, often traveling with the president.

While conservatives have so far chose to focus on Democratic senators, liberals have crafted a divided strategy for pressuring both Democrats and Republicans.

Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

" Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, posted a statement to Twitter questioning Kavanaugh's fairness: "Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice who will stand up for liberty and justice for all - not someone picked from a list compiled by right-wing organizations to do their bidding".

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Outside the Supreme Court building, scores of demonstrators led by Democratic party Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, protested Kavanaugh's selection. Kavanaugh in 2009 changed his tune on the Starr probe, arguing that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office.

"To win the Senate, Democrats need to keep all 10 seats they're defending in states that President Trump won in 2016 - plus pick up two more seats", the poll explained.

In accepting the nomination Monday night, Kavanaugh said, "My judicial philosophy is straightforward".

"He is a terrific judge", said Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law. I'll bet she has a story to tell.

A coalition of liberal groups has organized at least 39 events on Tuesday around the country under the #SaveSCOTUS banner, a reference to liberal fears that the next justice will shift the court to the right. "Trump did not move too fast in naming a nominee", said Trevor Burrus, a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies.

A product of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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A handful of Senate Democrats running for re-election in states that Trump won handily in 2016 could face a hard vote on the court nominee, potentially providing Republicans with an additional buffer if they decide to support the president.

At the least, the government said, it should have a chance to place the girl with a family member or willing sponsor in the US, saying they would be best able to help her think through such a momentous decision. Those included a number of high-profile cases, including same-sex marriage and upholding a woman's right to an abortion.

He is likely to be more socially conservative than his predecessor Kennedy on a range of social issues. "He swung to the other side on the question of gay rights and abortion, and those are the particular issues that concern those on the left". "Thanks to decades of high-level experience and close observation, Kavanaugh also understands the intricacies of the executive and legislative branches".

The three Red State Democrats who supported Gorsuch, plus a Red State Democrat elected after the Gorsuch vote, Sen.

Kennedy, who is 81, had been nominated for the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

Last year Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch, 50, who is extremely conservative and two more judges are in their 80s and could signal a retirement soon, allowing Trump to fill the Court with even more right-wing members.

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