Most controversially, Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr, first when Starr was the solicitor general of the United States and later when Starr served as independent counsel in the investigation of Bill Clinton and his affair with Monica Lewinsky. In a 2009 article in The Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh wrote that presidents are under such extraordinary pressure they "should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office".
All of Trump's top candidates were considered more solidly conservative than Kennedy. Jon Tester of Montana - told reporters on Monday that he was not invited to the White House for Monday's ceremony, but added he's open to voting to one of the nominees. "Under Republicans' most bullish forecast, they would actually pick up six seats, the four mentioned above plus OH and Missouri". According to Politico, the Judicial Crisis Network is planning to run ads targeting Donnelly, North Dakota Senate Heidi Heitkamp, and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to vote for Trump's pick.
Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 edge at the moment. John McCain has been absent as he battles brain cancer. "They're all saying, 'Don't do that - you shouldn't do that, ' but I'm putting conservative people on (the court) and I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch, who has been outstanding".
This is Trump's second nominee to the court and gives him a chance to shape the court's direction for decades to come.
Corker says Kavanaugh served "honorably" on the D.C. Circuit Court and "understands the importance of upholding the Constitution". We've already seen far too many rulings created to protect the interests of corporations and the wealthy above the rights of all Americans.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, said on Twitter that Kavanaugh was a good selection. "So on those and likely more fronts, the Court will become more reliably conservative if Judge Kavanaugh becomes Justice Kavanaugh". His opinions are so well-written and so brilliant.
Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Gorsuch previous year.
Kennedy announced his plans for retirement in June.
"I've often heard that other than matters of war and peace, this is the most important decision a president will make", Trump said at the opening of the announcement.
Democrats are certain to press Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, a decision some conservatives - particularly conservative Christians - have long wanted to overturn.