Trump announced Monday that he would nominate Kavanaugh, a US appeals court judge, to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
The letter criticizes the jurist's record.
The Senate's top Republican pushed back forcefully Thursday on warnings from Democrats that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh might be willing to thwart the Russian Federation investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. Kennedy, though a conservative, was a swing vote on the U.S. Supreme Court many times and will be retired effectively as of July 31, 2018.
"If you had a bunch of people, Senate Democrats like Bill Nelson, coming out and say they did not want to confirm Judge Kavanaugh just based upon that issue, that would definitely motivate a big portion of the base", Ingoglia said, on the same conference call with Gaetz. How do we make sure that they get their job done but at the same time they have accountability and transparency and that the enormous power they have is used responsibly? "I don't think that's what Donald Trump thinks", Sanders said, arguing that the traditional deference, the tap-dancing around the edges of the nominee's politics, would amount to surrender at this stage.
Speaking at the White House, Kavanaugh pledged to preserve the Constitution and said that "a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".
"A number of our Democratic colleagues could not even wait until the president's announcement last night before launching attacks on his nominee", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
Collins told reporters on Tuesday it's "premature to render a judgment" on Kavanaugh and she said she wants to question him extensively about his record.
Kavanaugh has a habit of going into debt, presumably to watch baseball, and also reported $60,000 to $200,000 in 2006, the year he was confirmed as an appellate judge.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an originalist, which means he holds to the original intent of the Constitution and would uphold the laws as written.
"I'm reviewing the court cases that he's made, his writings, I plan to listen to the testimony, hopefully interview with him and so this is the beginning of the process", said Donnelly, who is up for re-election in the fall in a state Trump won by 19 percentage points. But he says it would be much more complicated to overturn the decades-old decision.
Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.
"The Supreme Court could potentially rule on any of those state initiatives", Ledger says.