Rick Santorum said Monday that President Donald Trump "bowed to the elite in Washington" by picking Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee.
In the 1990s, he led an investigation into the suicide of Bill Clinton aide Vince Foster, who was linked to the Whitewater controversy that began as a probe into the presidential couple's real estate investments. He is a connected Washington insider with roots in politics and has written more than 300 opinions in the 12 years he has been on the D.C. Circuit. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".
Schumer also addressed the issue of reproductive rights in his statement, saying Trump, in nominating Kavanaugh, picked someone who would willingly put Roe v. Wade on "the chopping block".
It reads: "Judge Kavanaugh is a fantastic choice to succeed former Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court". If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81.
Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon before returning to Washington from a weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey, where he deliberated his decision amid furious lobbying and frenzied speculation.
Chicago-based judge Amy Coney Barrett is the only female on Trump's short list.
Conservatives have taken issue with a potential Kavanaugh nomination, with some critics on the right citing his closeness to the Bush 43 administration while others believe he doesn't have a strong enough stance against abortion.
With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Joe Donnelly of IN are up for re-election this year IN states Trump handily won IN the 2016 presidential election.
While Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing will take place in the fall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already warned Trump that his nominee might have a hard confirmation battle over the other shortlisted candidates.
Some Republican senators had favored other options. But some Democrats accused him of excessive partisanship and it took three years before the Senate eventually voted to confirm him.
Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition. "Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack".
On the Democratic side, the focus will be on Sens.
Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets.
Barrett talks about her family in her introductory remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year. Despite the fact he has not ruled on any cases touching abortion, Senate Democrats may united to block the nomination, and while pro-abortion Republicans like Susan Collins from ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska may refuse to confirm someone they believe might overturn Roe v. Wade.
Taking the podium, Kavanaugh thanked the president and noted Justice Kennedy's years of distinguished service, whose shoes he would have to fill.