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Kavanaugh, a Yale Law School graduate who clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, once worked under former President George W. Bush. "Specifically, as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, his nomination presents an existential threat to the health care of hundreds of millions of Americans". For example, on the campaign trail, Trump promised his base that if he was elected he would appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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"I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed", Leo said on ABC.

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right.

If the Senate confirms Trump's nominee, we will be stuck with a Court that sides with big corporations over the American people.

In later years, Kavanaugh said that Clinton should not have had to face down an investigation during his presidency.

"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter barely arrived in the President's hands before several Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone - that the President might name", McConnell said Monday. "Maine has its strong Trump core".

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has been targeting three Democratic senators who are up for re-election in red states that Trump won in 2016, including West Virginia Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

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The White House said Monday that John Kyl, a former Arizona senator, would guide Trump's nominee through the gruelling Senate process.

Kavanaugh's work on the Starr report has been scrutinized by Republicans who have said it could pose trouble for the president as he negotiates with special counsel Robert Mueller over the terms of a possible interview related to Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Collins opposed two of Bush's judicial nominees: William Pryor and J. Leon Holmes, who are both staunchly antiabortion. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee.

Kennedy's departure "leaves the court in a calcified state of a hardened left and right with nobody in that middle position", says Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University constitutional law professor. "What we need to know is that anyone coming onto the Supreme Court is going to uphold the law of the land and particularly a woman's right to decide what happens to her own body". Holmes was the president of Arkansas' Right to Life group and had compared abortion rights advocates to Nazis. Hardiman, 52, who was also appointed by Bush, serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. His boosters, sensing this weekend that Hardiman could be ascending on the president's list, have been busy making phone calls to friends in Trump's inner circle. The group says it has reserved air time nationally and in those same states for another four weeks. The "Sherpa", or person guiding the nominee through that process, has not yet been confirmed.

"When there is a nominee that has made clear that they will vote to undermine Roe v. Wade, she has voted no", Goldberg said. "My guess is that he will be a cautious judge, at least for a few years".

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.

Trump past year appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

When she's bucked her party, it's generally been to show deference to the executive's right to pick his own judges.

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