One sign reads #StopKethledge in reference to federal judge Raymond Kethledge, who was reportedly under consideration for Justice Kennedy's vacated seat. The justices who remain on the court include three who have backed broad abortion restrictions and a fourth, Gorsuch, who in all likelihood would.
Conservatives in both the U.S. and Israel are as pleased, as liberals are concerned, and see opportunities to assert a greater conservative direction for both Supreme Courts. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers.
Around the same time, Kavanaugh represented then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in his effort to establish a school voucher program that would fund private schools, including religious institutions. Judge Kavanaugh, a nominee of President George W. Bush, has penned notable rulings on a host of topics, including environmental regulations, guns, the Affordable Care Act and abortion. "The country wants the President to be "one of us" who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share". Susan Collins of ME, let it be known Tuesday that she's not buying the argument that the judge is unfit for the high court.
Muslim American civil rights groups also expressed concern that Kavanaugh's nomination will embolden the Trump administration to carry on with its hostility toward Muslims and immigrants.
"Let me say this". Protesters filled the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
"Not only did Mr. Kavanaugh say that a president should not be subpoenaed, he said a president shouldn't be investigated", Schumer said. Since the mandate did not kick in until 2014, he wrote, the court could not render an opinion. "That's their problem, and they need to be organized and get it to us".
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News.
President Trump announces Supreme Court pick
Kavanaugh earned a reputation as a hard worker during clerkships for two appeals court judges and then for Justice Anthony M. This is Trump's second nominee to the court and gives him a chance to shape the court's direction for decades to come.
But other Democrats - those with greater latitude to speak their minds - were more outspoken. "I believe if we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women's reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it", Schumer said.
In fact, Ben Cardin, one of Maryland's two Democratic senators, suspects Kavanaugh's major selling point to Trump was not his glittering conservative bona fides but the judge's record of support for executive authority and privilege, and for deference to the president. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges.
By contrast, Senate Republicans were in the majority in 2016, when McConnell and his GOP colleagues blocked President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, for more than nine months, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
"We look forward to the confirmation process and it will unfold in the next few weeks", said Sen. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.
The White House said Democrats will do what ever they can to slow down a vote on Kavanaugh.
Republicans changed the Senate's rules a year ago to allow them to confirm a Supreme Court justice with a simple majority vote.
And Kentucky Republican Sen. Leahy is the longest serving member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is expected to hold confirmation hearings on the nomination. "While the House of Representatives is not involved in the nomination process, I'm hopeful the White House will work with the Senate, including Senators Collins and King, on approving a Justice for the Supreme Court who will serve Mainers and the Nation dutifully and honorably". Trump is set to announce his pick for the vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy at 9 p.m. Monday.
"I think that the court is going to incrementally move to the right - I don't think it's going to be huge and dramatic", he said.