"The administration's going to work very closely with members of the [Judiciary] Committee and members of the Senate to make Judge Kavanaugh available", Pence said. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers. Since 2006, he has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Brett worked for George W. Bush in 2001. Both senators have been non-committal toward Kavanaugh's nomination. And he also led the investigation into the mysterious suicide of Clinton's deputy White House counsel, Vince Foster.
"Congress might consider a law exempting a President-while in office-from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel", he wrote.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice".
Kavanaugh, in brief remarks at the White House, underscored his conservative credentials. He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public.
At the White House Monday, Kavanaugh invoked the value of legal precedent again, saying, "a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent". In fact, Trump's pick was said to have the "inside track" from the get-go, thanks to his D.C. connections. Kavanaugh's vetting process will probably take even longer due to the extensive paper trail that he generated during his long legal career thus far, creating a golden opportunity for Senate Democrats to seize upon. Trump is announcing his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night. "But I wouldn't have a broad rule that you can't, you know, review anything against President Trump because he chose you". Thomas, at 70, is the oldest of the court's remaining Republican appointees. "I support President Trump's nominee, and I hope the Senate will move expeditiously to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, a high quality and uniquely qualified nominee". Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee.
The president has already begun using the high court vacancy as a rallying cry as he campaigns for Republicans across the country.
If Republicans lose the Senate, they would still have control of the chamber until January.
Red state Democrats also kept an open mind on Tuesday. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.
And Kentucky Republican Sen.
"I will oppose this nominee with everything that I've got", Schumer told MSNBC, warning that a more conservative court including Kavanaugh could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion and end protections under the Affordable Care Act healthcare law known as Obamacare. But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee.
Left-leaning interest groups like Demand Justice have signaled they want to make the forthcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearing about two big things: abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act, the signature legislative achievement of the Obama presidency.
By keeping Scalia's seat open, McConnell gave Trump a head start in putting his own stamp on the high court, and the president acknowledged as much when Gorsuch was sworn in previous year. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.
McConnell and Trump were rewarded this year with a string of 5-4 decisions in which Gorsuch cast votes favorable to the president and the GOP.
That decision was appealed to the Supreme Court, which reversed the ruling in 2014.