"I don't think that if he were to be confirmed, we would see large and sudden shifts in the way the court goes about its business", Covington said, adding that "It's relatively safe to assume that you would see some incremental movement to the right, simply because he will be more conservative, in some ways, that Justice Kennedy was".
Opposition figures wasted no time in assailing Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives were quick to drum up support for the nominee.
Without including homes, Kavanaugh would rank at the bottom of disclosed assets among the justices by a considerable margin, according to a review of 2017 disclosures listed on Fix the Court, a website dedicated to greater transparency in the judiciary branch.
"Now is the time for the American people to make their voices heard, loudly, clearly, from one end of this country to the other".
"It seems to be that if you are running for president on the Democratic side in 2020 or thinking about it, you have to prove you are the most insane person when it comes to Trump nominees", Graham said in the interview with Fox host Martha MacCallum.
While Kavanaugh, 53, was framed as the more "establishment" conservative pick of the other candidates, various Republicans had phoned Trump last week to voice their objections over his potential nomination, including about a 2011 opinion where he declined to rule the Obamacare health insurance mandate as unconstitutional.
And the court has a strong East Coast bias, with Justice Neil Gorsuch and Thomas the only justices who spent any of their professional lives west of the Potomac River.
Trump "did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail - nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights", the NY senator said.
But Republicans hold the narrowest of majorities in the Senate: 51 Republicans, against 49 Democrats and Independents. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room.
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The Democrats are going to make a lot of noise about blocking Kavanaugh, to appease party progressives ahead of midterms, knowing full well they won't stop Kavanaugh's confirmation.
"Tomorrow I begin meeting with members of the Senate", he said, "If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case".
"As I read the relevant Supreme Court precedents, the D.C. ban on semi-automatic rifles and the D.C. gun registration requirement are unconstitutional and may not be enforced", Judge Kavanaugh wrote.
Kavanaugh grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher.
Later, he worked on Bill Clinton's impeachment over a sexual relationship with a White House intern.
Later he was part of Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush's winning the presidency.
While Democrats tried to paint Kavanaugh as an extremist, Republicans said he was the type of moderate Bush might have appointed.
"Not only did Mr. Kavanaugh say that a president should not be subpoenaed, he said a president shouldn't be investigated", Schumer said.
They believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to make the president testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation.
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