McConnell told reporters that Kavanaugh's confirmation should be complete by the time the Supreme Court's new session begins in October. The nominee's paper trail is so long that Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the judge's government documents to speed the confirmation process, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times on Wednesday.
Even if Kavanaugh were to vote to overturn ObamaCare, the four liberal justices and Roberts, who twice has voted to uphold the health law, could provide the votes to save it.
With Trump's Republicans clinging to a narrow 51-49 Senate majority, and Senator John McCain battling brain cancer and unlikely to vote, a single GOP defection could sink Kavanaugh if all Democrats unite against him.
Fallon hopes Democrats will "look in the mirror and do the right thing" with respect to Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh mentioned how he serves as the CYO basketball coach for his daughter's team and how much they enjoyed attending a U.Conn women's basketball game. He described how his mother went on to earn a law degree, become a prosecutor and a judge.
Judge Kavanaugh, gun rights advocates say, can be counted on.
Perhaps no Republican Senate hopeful was more eager to hold up the court issue than Josh Hawley, the Missouri attorney general and former Supreme Court clerk who is challenging Senator Claire McCaskill.
Kavanaugh even name dropped Justice Elena Kagan in his remarks. The Senate should have voted up or down on Merrick Garland, who is a terrifically qualified judge and a great guy, too. He wrote that the best mechanism for checking a president's wrongdoing was through the impeachment process.
Davidson College Associate Professor Andrew O'Geen is an expert on the dynamics of the Supreme Court, including the cooperative behavior of justices, the judicial review of federal laws and the dynamics of the Court's issue agenda. In one especially revealing and controversial 2010 case, he and Judge Janice Rogers Brown concluded that, notwithstanding the Hamdi decision, the courts should ignore worldwide law - even the possibility that a detention might violate such law - in construing Congress's authorization of the executive to hold the Guantanamo detainees.
Collins has backed all three conservative justices nominated by Republican presidents while she has been in office. But since then, the court's conservative bloc has refused to consider challenges to bans on assault weapons, public carry, and purchase waiting periods.
Kavanaugh's view that a prosecution of a president should be diferred, is not one he always held.
National pundits have speculated that might have been part of Kavanaugh's appeal to President Donald Trump, who is highly critical of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. He was more empathetic to how a prosecution could interfere with presidential duties.
Democrats will continue to argue that Kavanaugh's confirmation imperils Roe V Wade and reproductive rights.
Bartholet, a former lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and founder of the Legal Action Center in NY, stressed that she was basing her comments on Kavanaugh's judicial record - not his time at Harvard. In multiple opinions setting out this position, he has relied not on constitutional text - indeed, he conceded that "based exclusively on the text" of the Constitution, the defendant "might have a point" - but instead on historical precedents (such as the trial of the Lincoln assassination co-conspirators) that scholars have thoroughly debunked as supporting Kavanaugh's claim. Bill Clinton chose Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.
"I think there's nothing to worry about with regard to Roe v. Wade".