Abortion rights under threat with Trump's new Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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"But in terms of the man now before us, Brett Kavanaugh is a true intellectual-a leading thinker and writer on the subjects of statutory interpretation and federal courts; an incomparable mentor-someone who picks law clerks of all backgrounds and viewpoints; and a fair-minded jurist who believes in the rule of law". Kavanaugh has written about a need to free the executive branch from intrusive criminal investigations.

Kavanaugh's nomination sets up a bitter fight in the Senate that could potentially have a knock-on effect in the midterm elections in November.

The 53-year-old has served as a Court of Appeals judge since 2006.

The three Red State Democrats who supported Gorsuch, plus a Red State Democrat elected after the Gorsuch vote, Sen.

Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on Kavanaugh's nomination before it goes to a vote before the full Senate, echoed McConnell's sentiments, calling him a "superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate's consideration".

"We are going and mobilizing where we have leverage", said Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman for the group.

Senators will be seeking access to Kavanaugh's writings and correspondence, reams of documents that will take weeks to compile and even longer to review, giving opponents ample opportunity to wage a political battle. But according to Bream, that anger turned to threats from protesters in front of the Supreme Court. The poll is not all good news for Republicans, however. Sen.

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"Very few times I've felt threatened while out in the field". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Murkowski said, "We've got some due diligence that we've got to do".

The Washington Post: Conservatives Are Finally Getting The Supreme Court They Dreamed Of - "While President Trump plays the appointment of a Supreme Court justice like a reality show, promoting the dramatic reveal of the nominee's name in tonight's prime-time special, it nearly doesn't matter which of the contenders is chosen".

When Justice Anthony Kennedy - a swing vote - announced his retirement last month it became clear that Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalised abortion in the U.S. would soon be under threat. It will feature cable and digital advertising in states including Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Last night he confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the court in a move that has anxious liberals and womens' groups. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said of Kavanaugh during Monday night's prime-time television announcement from the White House East Room. "The protests were raucous; chants, posters and bullhorns on both sides".

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey spoke with 7News about Kavanaugh and said that "he will become a rubber stamp for a conservative, right-wing agenda".