What You Need to Know About Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

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The system assigns a score to Supreme Court justices based on their voting patterns; for federal appeals court judges, like Kavanaugh, scores are based on the ideologies of the presidents and senators who nominated them.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of U.S. society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions.

President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night. The next oldest Republican-appointed justice on the court is Thomas, who at 70 could serve for another decade or more. Will he safeguard ALL Americans' civil rights?

President Trump's prime-time Supreme Court nominee announcement Monday was witnessed by a live television audience of almost 26 million, according to Nielsen data - a sizable viewership, but smaller than his last.

But there's no doubt that a senator like Jones faces more pressure to support the President than other Democrats, as he's located in a strongly red state.

Kavanaugh's nomination has already sparked controversy among Democrats - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised Monday evening to fight the nomination "with everything I have" during the nomination process.

Ironically, those Senate gains would make it easier to confirm a very conservative Trump nominee after the midterms.

Calls to put party politics aside are likely to go unheard in Washington.

Cramer also praised Kavanaugh's commitment to "the rule of the law and the USA constitution", along with Kavanaugh's academic background at Yale.

KING: What changed when that ruling was handed down in 1973?

The second scenario is like the first, except with one or two Republicans opposing Kavanaugh, thereby putting Democratic senators in Republican states in the hot seat. John McCain, R-Ariz., at home getting treatment for brain cancer.

During the Gorsuch vote, three Democrats from conservative states ended up siding with Republicans, and a question now is whether they will support Kavanaugh.

Despite Kavanaugh's grueling week leading up to his nomination, and spending the ensuing the two days since meeting with senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill ahead of his confirmation hearings, he managed uphold the prior commitment he made with with St. Maria's Meals program.

Kavanaugh would be confirmed, and voters' attention could return to Trump's behavior, health care, tariffs and other issues.

Kavanaugh grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher. It would give the court a potential five-vote conservative majority, enough to overturn Roe v. Wade, giving women the right to an abortion. Mr. Trump falsely claimed afterwards that the audience was "the highest number in history", while Nielsen statistics suggest former President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all received higher ratings during their administrations.

Still, this is the reality on Kavanaugh, according to Schoen: "Even if every Democrat votes against Kavanaugh, he will still be confirmed if no Republican votes against him".

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.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition.

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