As a young attorney in prosecutor Kenneth Starr's office, he was the lead author of the salacious Starr Report calling for president Bill Clinton's impeachment, and represented George W. Bush in the Florida vote recount that awarded the 2000 election to Bush.
Cory Booker (D-NJ) raised questions over Kavanaugh's support of presidential immunity, suggesting his candidacy is an attempt by Trump to avoid investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Chuck Schumer, the Senate's Democratic leader, said his party's lawmakers did indeed care who the nominee was - and what his views were on such thorny issues as abortion and Trump himself.
If confirmed, the appellate judge would become the second young conservative jurist Trump has put on the top United States court during his first term.
It also informed many of his rulings on executive power, where he largely has backed the president's authority to hire and fire officials at government agencies and offered his support to the White House and military commission process amid challenges from detainees. "My body, my choice!" and "hey, hey, ho, ho, Kavanaugh has got to go!" And control of the Senate is in play, which wouldn't stop Trump from making another SCOTUS nomination if a liberal justice retires under his watch, but Democrats could try to mitigate that next pick's conservative lean. Not long after Schumer spoke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the "far left" of engaging in "scare tactics" over the nominee.
"Trump must not nominate a candidate that will threaten people with preexisting conditions, and our senator must not vote to take away the protections we need to stay alive", said Laura Packard, a political consultant with stage 4 cancer, during a news conference in Las Vegas on Monday.
He once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace and now works as an appeals court judge in Washington DC.More news: What Does Trump Have Against Breastfeeding? - Cortney O'Brien
Activists have sent coat hangers - an abortion rights symbol - to her office.
Democrats plan to pressure two moderate Senate Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, to oppose the nomination.
The millions of documents can be requested by Senate Democrats and would take time for the National Archives, the federal court system and other stake holders to compile, meaning a confirmation hearing before the Senate leaves for August recess would be unlikely.
"It's a red state with a Democratic senator". Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.
This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump. "Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of" Obamacare".
Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.
Senator Bob Corker (R- TN) said Kavanaugh is held in high regard, having heard critical cases in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.
While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Murkowski said, after a reporter asked her if any GOP members could afford to vote against the nominee.