In his dissent, he wrote that the Supreme Court had previously "held that handguns - the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic - are constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens". Republicans largely support the death penalty, but most Democrats are against it. Mr Kavanaugh's vote could be a matter of life or death - it takes five justices to grant a stay of execution.
Pence, who is also president of the Senate, called Kavanaugh a "good man" and "quite simply the most qualified and the most deserving nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States". Activists for the group prepared multiple versions of protest signs for a rally Monday night on the steps of the high court, not knowing whom Trump would ultimately pick.
Stabenow said in a Monday statement that the vacancy "represents a very consequential moment for our country where we can chose to make progress on so many important issues for MI families or we can turn the clock back".
And Sen. Chris Coons, Democrat of DE, said that he would press for Kavanaugh's views on the limits of presidential power-if indeed he thinks there should be any limits at all.
The US president said Judge Kavanaugh was known for having a "proven commitment to equal justice under the law". Chuck Grassley. R-Iowa, will set the timeline for confirmation hearings in the coming weeks. The vetting process, he said, is "going to be thorough and going to be done right". Chris Coons said at a press conference Tuesday along with other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He worked for Starr again in the 1990s as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel during the investigation into President Bill Clinton's conduct and played a crucial role in writing the Starr Report.
Kavanaugh's long paper trail is only part of the Democratic strategy for building opposition. As a result, they will argue, the nominee is certain to pursue Trump's policy goals of undermining the Affordable Care Act and overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that barred states from outlawing abortion. "We should evaluate this president's nominee fairly".More news: Three Lions aim for first final since 1966, France prevail over Belgium
Leo said the president was "propelled to victory" by campaigning on the fact he would nominate originalist Supreme Court justices.
Abortion is likely to dominate the debate over Kavanaugh's confirmation. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.
In the middle are a half-dozen or so moderate lawmakers who have staked out a position on the fence, with promises to conduct a rigorous review of Kavanaugh's record and carefully consider his qualifications. "When we know that he's obsessed with this investigation?"
McConnell also said he expects Senate Democrats to grill Kavanaugh on decisions he might make, which he characterized as atypical for the confirmation process.
Kavanaugh's confirmation will run through the Senate, prompting the endorsement from Cashman, Bidwill and several of their Georgetown Prep alumni.
Sources said Trump did want to see how trial balloons about Kavanaugh went down in the conservative media echo chamber, and was heartened to see key conservatives like Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and writers for Breitbart rally behind him in recent days. She is the mother of seven children, including two from Haiti and one with special needs.