Sen. Casey Comes Out Against Trump Nominee Before Pick is Announced

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Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, as well as Kavanaugh, who is now a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia.

Casey, who promotes himself as a moderate, relatively pro-life Democrat, could encounter reelection difficulties in the key swing state Trump carried in 2016 by unilaterally opposing the president's nominee.

In Kavanaugh's view, the D.C. Circuit should have been guided by the Anti-Injunction Act, an 1867 law that says, "no suit for the objective of restraining the assessment or collection of any tax shall be maintained in any court". One night after Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump met with Democratic Sens. But his decision and status as the court's swing vote on a number of social issues left liberals anxious the court would soon become more conservative under Trump's watch. His confirmation for that post was stalled for almost three years due to allegations by Democrats that he was too partisan.

Here are five facts about Kavanaugh. As an attorney, Kavanaugh worked for the special counsel investigating former President Bill Clinton, who was eventually impeached, and also worked for the Bush campaign during the 2000 presidential election recount.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY. Furthermore, Kavanaugh held strict views on just what a president could be impeached for, including lying to his staff.

Trump chose Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Trump and his advisers remain confident the Senate will confirm the president's second nominee.

Speaking on Fox News Monday afternoon, Sen.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) already spoke out Monday evening saying that he was going to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination with "everything" he has. Trump's sister Judge Maryanne Trump Barry also sits on the 3rd Circuit and reportedly backed Hardiman for the seat Gorsuch eventually filled. That decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling.

"Judge Kavanaugh's reasoning on religious liberty, Obamacare, and issues concerning life have proven to be of major concern", said AFA President Tim Wildmon.

Hatch, who is the longest-serving member on the Judiciary Committee and has seen fifteen Senate confirmation fights for Supreme Court justices, said Barrett is an "outstanding" law professor and a "tremendous woman".

"I'm very close to making a final decision. This is a huge win for President Trump", Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said in a statement.

In his decade-plus tenure on the D.C. Circuit, the most influential court below the Supreme Court, he has amassed a massive paper trail that will be picked apart by his opponents. Similarly, although he dissented in a ruling that permitted a detained immigrant from obtaining an abortion, he didn't join another judge's dissent that said the immigrant had no legal rights whatsoever. I mean, I've argued cases in courts - state courts, federal courts, others.

Kavanaugh's 12 years as an appellate judge, combined with his Yale pedigree, Supreme Court clerkship under Kennedy and top posts in the Bush administration, give him a resume his predecessors can't match.

"I'll exercise the judicial power with modesty and restraint", Kavanaugh said at his swearing-in ceremony.