Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey opposes Supreme Court pick before final decision

Well, that's just how it is, you might say.

But that doesn't mean Hardiman is out of the mix. Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

Kavanaugh's work on the Starr report has been scrutinized by Republicans who have said it could pose trouble for the president as he negotiates with special counsel Robert Mueller over the terms of a possible interview related to Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The Senate must confirm Trump's nominee, who will be backed campaign-style by the White House and conservative legal organizations.

Former Sen. Jon Kyl will guide President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee through the Senate confirmation process. His prominent career led Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to comment about Kavanaugh, "From the notorious Starr report, to the Florida recount, to the President's secrecy and privilege claims, to post-9/11 legislative battles including the Victims Compensation Fund, to ideological judicial nomination fights, if there has been a partisan political fight that needed a very bright legal foot soldier in the last decade, Brett Kavanaugh was probably there".

President Donald Trump said Monday that he is nominating Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. He said it was clear that many Democrats "didn't care who the nominee was at all". John McCain, R-Ariz, is absent getting cancer treatment, so Republicans now have just a 50-49 vote hold. "That's not the objective of the Supreme Court, nor is it the intent of our founders", Herrod said. Dick Durbin, the Democratic whip, Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press.

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It can seem as if Kavanaugh has been getting ready for this moment for some time. He also worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. Kavanaugh worked specifically on the suicide investigation of Vince Foster.

"In too many of those dissents, Kavanaugh has argued against workers' right to be represented by labor unions, their right not to be killed by unsafe employer practices, and their right not to be fired for their age or race". He is "generally considered to have a near-perfect record, but he has piles of history with the government going back to Ken Starr and GWB, all those docs are no doubt under review".

Democrats are expected to cast Kavanaugh's confirmation as a referendum on the future of the Affordable Care Act and abortion, issues that may make it harder for a handful of moderate Republicans to stick together.

Shannon Minter of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said there is nothing in Kavanaugh's record to indicate he "understands the real-world impact of discrimination on LGBT people or the importance of construing our nation's laws to enable them to participate fully and equally in society". His mother, Martha, became a Maryland state judge a quarter-century ago. Feinstein faced backlash and criticism, especially from Catholic leaders who accused her of being anti-Catholic. He released a list of judges he would consider for the court in 2016 and reiterated his use of that list after Kennedy's retirement.

Abortion-rights groups warned that Kavanaugh would likely vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion. Cases of children and families seeking refuge were being heard inside the courthouse. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Signaling the fight ahead on abortion rights, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: "There's no way to sugarcoat it: With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line".

Kavanaugh and Barrett had the inside track as of Thursday and Friday, as NPR first reported, but their supporters and opponents have gone after each other through the media and internally to the White House.

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