Graham Warns Dems Against Personal Attacks on Kavanaugh

"Judge Kavanaugh is the real deal", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said one day after a closed-door meeting with the nominee.

Any delay in Kavanaugh's confirmation can only help Republicans close that enthusiasm gap. Rather than just playing it safe with a broad swath of voters anxious about access to health care and abortion, Democrats now see an opportunity to excite their base by fanning fears that the highest court in the land could turn into a bulwark to protect the man appointing its members. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who called the judge "a very fine man", and was to confer with Sen.

After an extended standing ovation from the hand-picked East Room audience, Kavanaugh targeted his simple and effective speech directly at Republican and independent women - the keys to any faint hope Schumer might harbor of swaying Republican Sens.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned fellow lawmakers Wednesday about going off the deep end with personal attacks when opposing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Schumer said the questions could appeal even to more moderate voters.

"His outstanding qualifications is going to make very hard for people to vote against him", he said.

Akhil Amar, a prominent liberal legal scholar and Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh is the president's "finest hour, his classiest move". But their lines of attack have expanded.

But so far, Democrats are holding back.

According to analysis by Axios.com, there have been five Supreme Court vacancies within 150 days of a midterm election since 1950.

Pro abortion-rights groups are particularly concerned by one Kavanaugh's previous rulings. The case said that religious employers did not have to provide contraceptives but had to file a form telling the government they were not doing so, but Kavanaugh argued that the requirement violated religious freedom.

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Trump's Republicans have a 51-49 Senate majority, enough to confirm Kavanaugh if they stick together. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to help block confirmation.

In addition, the New York Democrat said, the nominee's writings reveal an expansive view of presidential authority that is ominous in the Trump era. "But nevertheless it's an issue that I certainly will raise with him".

Trump picked U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy, 81, setting up a fight with a divided Senate.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would receive a raise of nearly 16% from his current, $220,600-per-year salary for his role as a circuit judge.

Collins has backed all three conservative justices nominated by Republican presidents while she has been in office.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tell Democrats that if they want to have a Supreme Court pick, they should "WIN ELECTIONS!"

McGahn has long pushed for Kavanaugh to be considered for the Supreme Court, having worked with him in the Bush administration. They are entering the public discourse just as Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has suggested he may subpoena the president as part of his inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to influence the 2016 election, and whether Trump obstructed justice. The two other branches are represented by the presidency and Congress. "And a president who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is nearly inevitably going to do a worse job as president".

"We know what we are getting with judge Kavanaugh", Graham added.

"They're going to try to make the whole confirmation process about specific outcomes", said Sasse.

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