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Stage is set for a brutal confirmation fight for Kavanaugh
Democrats plan to paint the Supreme court-appointed as a threat to the right to abortion.
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met with Republican leaders on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as the critical swing-vote senators promised to withhold judgment on his nomination until they could record, veterinarian, and long data.
Fox News has learned that Vice President Mike Pence meeting tonight with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to discuss Kavanaugh’s nomination. Pence huddle is set with other key senators on the nomination in the coming days.
The first hearings on Capitol Hill came as a progressive, pro-choice activists ratcheted up their rhetoric, save the conservative judiciary, the appointment could directly die cause women.
A top Democrat, Sen., Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, also called Kavanaugh “the worst nightmare” of Florida high school students who survived the mass shooting this year. Kavanaugh has a largely pro-gun record; he voted in the landmark Heller case to butts, a DC-regulation, placed significant restrictions on the possession of semi-automatic weapons. The Supreme court finally, the case took, and struck the regulation.
Kavanaugh, 53, on Tuesday the first huddled with Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. With him Pence, and former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl were hired, who, in order to serve as his “sherpa”, taking him by the insignia of the confirmation process.
“It’s okay to take it slow.”
– Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Kavanaugh also met for about 30 minutes with Grassley.
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To confirm while the Republicans have set a goal, Kavanaugh said of this fall, Grassley, the speed is the goal. The review, he said, “are going to be thoroughly and go done right.” He did not have a time schedule for the hearings, although the White house has said it expects to Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court of October.
McConnell called Kavanaugh “, one of the most thought-out lawyers” in the country, and blasted Democrats as “eager to try and turn the judicial confirmations in something like political elections.” The GOP leaders warned before the procedure in “cheap political scaremongering.”
For his part, Pence named Kavanaugh, a Catholic man who had clerked for retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, a “good person”.
Republicans have a slim 51-49 Senate majority, but they hope to gain support for Kavanaugh by a handful of Democrats up for re-election in States where trump is popular. Several of those Democrats, including Sens., Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, voted for Neil from gorsuch’s nomination last year.
Liberal activists have tried to customer defection by two moderate Republican senators who support abortion: Maine, Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski.
Murkowski, who voted to confirm Kavanaugh to a seat on the influential DC Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, rich said on Tuesday that his nomination for the Supreme Court has it in a different category, and added to deliver that “more.”
“It’s okay, take it slow,” Murkowski said, criticising those who rushed quickly to support or to mock, to nominate the candidates.
“The fact that people say no or Yes-we are not even 24 hours,” she added. “I’m going to take my time.”
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In the meantime, Collins said it would conduct a “careful examination” of Kavanaugh. But she also sounded a positive note, says he has “an impressive track record and many years of experience, she served for more than a decade on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.”
Collins said she’d felt against each nominated you, you would Wade overturn Roe v.. It was clear that the liberal activists had the senators like her in the back of the head Monday night, to send progressive groups to prophecies of doom raced, once Kavanaugh was announced his nomination.
In a statement, the women’s March mischief said, enunciating: “trump is today’s announcement is a death sentence for thousands of women in the United States.” The organization referred to the statement at one point incorrectly Kavanaugh as “XX” indicates the document was written in advance, and hastily sent.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.