Here's What the Key Senators Think About Brett Kavanaugh Right Now

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Speaking to Al Jazeera, Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that the Senate must grill Kavanaugh on his views on civil rights and presidential powers.

The one would-be justice who would have brought a more diverse background to the court was Harriet Miers, a Texan with a law degree from Southern Methodist University and a close association with President George W. Bush.

Kavanaugh still lives in the D.C. area, raising his kids in the Maryland suburbs just miles from the White House.

The Senate Judiciary Committee and then the full Senate will decide whether Kavanaugh joins the eight other Supreme Court justices in their black robes when a new term begins this October.

"This is definitely a solid step in the right direction", he says, "and therefore I expect those who do wish for the Constitution to be protected and respected to be avid supporters of Judge Kavanaugh for this position on the Supreme Court".

That board concluded that Kavanaugh's record on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit shows he will maintain a commitment to interpreting the law as it is written, and not how he may wish it were crafted.

Like many judges, he's often dodged on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case affirming the right to privacy and access to abortion. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges. And the reason that I said that he does not get the benefit of the doubt is because we know that the president said that he wants someone on the court who will overturn Roe v. Wade and who will also repeal or support repealing the Affordable Care Act, two really important issues for us as well as so many other things on which he's much more inclined to support corporate interests over individual rights. Ms. Warren went further, telling voters the "surefire way" to stop Judge Kavanaugh's elevation was to contribute to her Senate campaign. Miers, who had no judicial experience, withdrew her nomination in 2005 under pressure from conservative groups and concerns from senators that her responses to a standard questionnaire for nominees were inadequate. Kavanaugh, for instance, supported the highly controversial federal metadata collection program, declaring in 2015 that "the government's metadata collection program is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment".

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is going to have enough trouble getting all Red-State Democrats to vote against Kavanaugh, let alone getting any Republicans to vote no. His confirmation now rests in the hands of a narrowly split Senate, where defections from Trump's own party could sink his chances.

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Despite the praise, it nevertheless said the Senate should "take care" in evaluating Kavanaugh.

The latest line of attack from liberals against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, is knocking the judge for his "frat boy"-sounding first name". If he gets a "no" vote from all Democrats, he loses seats.

Nowhere is the issue more critical than on reproductive rights. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.

Harris' style also put her in the spotlight in June 2017, when twice in one week Republican members of the Intelligence Committee sought to interrupt her questioning of Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Kavanaugh never wrote that the president is above the law. He merely says that civil and criminal legal fights are lengthy and distracting in nature and recommends that Congress pass a law to put these sorts of things off until after the term is over, not that a sitting president can not be indicted (though the DOJ has said that).

Obviously, dramatic news about Kavanaugh's record or values that proves disqualifying would change the nature of the confirmation process.