Protests against the nomination of the conservative judge broke out in cities across the country, including in Washington, DC, where hundreds gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court.
In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote a law review article questioning the value of that investigation and concluding that presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office. White House sources later admitted to leaving reporters with the impression that Hardiman would be there. He has done so with particular tenacity on the issue that matters most to the president: "taking power away from unelected bureaucrats and returning it to elected officials", Vance wrote. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so President Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.
Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.
"I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same".
After a stint in private practice, Kavanaugh then joined the George W. Bush White House as an associate counsel and then as an assistant to the president. He is a Yale Law School graduate.
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"He has written nearly entirely in favor of big businesses, employers in employment disputes, and against defendants in criminal cases", according to Adam Feldman of the Empirical SCOTUS blog.
Kavanaugh is expected to vote conservatively, forming a right-leaning block with Justices John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.
Kavanaugh has a record on both. He has tutored at multiple elementary schools and coached his daughters' basketball teams in the Washington D.C. area and ran the Boston Marathon twice, according to his D.C. Circuit Court biography. "The stakes are simply too high for anything less", Schumer tweeted after earlier tweets saying that any of the proposed nominees Trump had named would reverse Roe v. Wade and end Obamacare. His final options were all young federal judges who could help remake the court for decades to come with precedent-shattering rulings on issues such as abortion, guns and health care. "Things will only get worse with Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Trump's nominee". Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) said that Kavanaugh deserves a straight up-or-down vote in the Senate. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written". Kavanaugh then clerked for appellate judges Walter Stapleton and Alex Kozinski before clerking for Justice Kennedy - whose seat Kavanaugh would take if confirmed. "She's instilled in me a commitment to public service and a respect for the rule of law that I've tried to follow throughout my career", Kavanaugh said at his 2006 Senate confirmation hearing for a spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
"People of color, women and so many other folks pushed to the margins of America have already lost so much under this administration's racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant, corporations-first policies", BP-Weeks said. By that measure, Kavanaugh packs a punch.
He has likened himself to the official behind home plate calling balls and strikes. "In your opinions, demonstrate civility - to show, to help display that you're trying to make the decision impartially, dispassionately, based on the law and not based on your emotions".