Lisa Murkowski says she needs more information on Supreme Court nominee

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a whirlwind round of meetings with key Republican senators as Democrats ramped up efforts to block his confirmation.

Senator Angus King says he has concerns about the judicial record of President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The panel will launch confirmation hearings later this summer. Susan Collins of ME - said she needs more information before she knows whether Kavanaugh would uphold the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling affirming the legality of a woman's right to have an abortion under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. She said Kozinski fondled her in a auto after an event in the mid-1980s and invited her to go to a motel and have sex. In the mid-1990s, Kavanaugh joined Kenneth Starr's independent counsel team investigating President Bill Clinton and ultimately helped write the Starr Report to Congress. Aides say it could take weeks to assemble those materials.

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is going to have enough trouble getting all Red-State Democrats to vote against Kavanaugh, let alone getting any Republicans to vote no.

"If this judge is confirmed, the Supreme Court would tell women that they aren't allowed to make their own decisions with their doctors about their own health".

Obviously, dramatic news about Kavanaugh's record or values that proves disqualifying would change the nature of the confirmation process.

Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words. Special counsel Robert Mueller, of course, is now investigating potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

"The American people should have their eyes wide open to these stakes", said Sen.

"Because of Donald Trump's openly Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist views and policies targeting minority and immigrant communities, it is incumbent upon the Senate to question Mr Kavanaugh about his opinions on the protection of civil rights, religious freedom and the rights of immigrants", he said.

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The confirmation marathon is expected to drag on for months, and no date has yet been set for hearings.

Orthodox groups are likely to welcome a court that protects public religious expression over strict separation, as it did in recent rulings confirming a baker's right to refuse to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. "The old dodge of stare decisis has been thrown out the window because Justice [John] Roberts, Justice [Samuel] Alito [Jr.] and Justice [Neil] Gorsuch claimed they would follow precedent and the minute they got on the court they did not".

As GOP Senate leader, McConnell, R-Ky., is the master kingmaker who will champion Kavanaugh's nomination on the floor. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room. If he gets a "no" vote from all Democrats, he loses seats. Republicans, meanwhile, hope centrist Democrats running for re-election in conservative-leaning states will back Kavanaugh. That group includes Sen.

Like Manchin, Indiana's Donnelly is a vulnerable Democrat heading into the 2018 midterms. And we know this because Kavanaugh, a DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge whom Trump has picked to replace a retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, has tackled the issue before. "Throughout his judicial career, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated a strong commitment to upholding the law, rather than legislating from the bench".

Murkowski - like Republican Sen.

Manchin was was also among the three Democrats to vote for Gorsuch past year.

The reaction of her constituents in ME to Kavanaugh's nomination has been "very mixed", she said. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. Should people outside the United States care?

WEDDINGTON:.Kavanaugh, will be turned down.

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