Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

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He wrote that his views were shaped by his work for independent counsel Kenneth Starr, when he helped write a report recommending grounds for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and his later service in the White House under President George W. Bush.

Trump selected D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant SCOTUS seat after Kennedy retires at the end of the month.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring from the Senate in January 2013.

Analysts say that could have weighed in his favour with the White House, given that the Supreme Court may at some point be asked to rule on matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain. In her statement, she said President Trump's nomination was a "destructive tool on a generation of progress for workers, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color and families" and that it was to "radically reverse the course of American justice and democracy".

From left, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and Vice President Mike Pence before a meeting in McConnell's office in the US Capitol on Tuesday.

Leo, who had helped Trump compile the original list of nominees, said that he would pick Kavanaugh, with Kethledge and Barrett a close second.

During Trump's presidential campaign, he emphasized that he would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court bench if he was elected.

The White House wants Kavanaugh to be in place by October 1, when the court's next term formally opens, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote to confirm Kennedy's successor in the fall.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), widely regarded as Democrats' best chance to sink Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, hedged their bets after the announcement Monday to obfuscate how they'll vote on the candidate.

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It is not yet a done deal as the nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which Trump's Republican party narrowly controls by 51-49.

"This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified, been on the court, know what they're doing, mainstream judges", Graham said.

"He's demonstrated a hostility to the Affordable Care Act that the Trump administration is continually working to undermine", Democratic Sen.

Under Republicans' most bullish forecast, they would actually pick up six seats, the four mentioned above plus OH and Missouri.

Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network said it will launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light. Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

Also, they might win the House of Representatives this November. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Some noted that the crowd in front of the Supreme Court building had gotten very hostile at times after the announcement. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania - up for re-election - says he'll be opposed.

The choice of Kavanaugh, 53, sees him keeping good on that promise and the effects will be felt for decades to come.

Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.