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Kavanaugh in the article noted that one critique of deferral is that the country needs a check against a bad-behaving or law-breaking president. Tom Carper, said Monday he is against confirming Kavanaugh.

The mistake played into concerns among conservatives that Democrats planned to blindly oppose anyone Trump might choose to nominate.

Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who also met with Kavanaugh, promised a "thorough" but speedy confirmation process.

A senior White House official said Trump made his final decision on the nomination Sunday evening, then phoned Kavanaugh to inform him.

Several said they were determined to make up their own minds as they weigh the political consequences back home before deciding whether to support Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

So far, Democrats are uniting behind a strategy to turn the confirmation fight into a referendum on conservatives' efforts to undo abortion access, chip away at health care protections under the Affordable Care Act and protect Trump from Mueller.

The bottom line? Democrats would have opposed any nominee, regardless of their qualifications, Republicans have the votes, Kavanaugh will eventually be confirmed to the Supreme Court, and everything that happens between now and then is just political theatre meant to help establishment Democrats keep a hold onto the reins of power within their party.

Public disclosure forms for 2017 show that the federal judge would come to the nation's highest court with only two investments, including a bank account, together worth a maximum of $65,000, along with the balance on a loan of $15,000 or less. "The ramifications of this battle will last a generation or more", he said. Susan Collins of ME, said she plans to ask Kavanaugh about his views on handling presidential misconduct.

Among their targets are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as Doug Jones of Alabama, who is not up for re-election but represents a conservative state in the Deep South.

Some Democrats, including Sen.

"Any nominee to fill Justice Kennedy's seat should be an independent thinker", Klobuchar said, "and as I have said since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, I don't believe Judge Kavanaugh meets that criteria. I look forward to meeting with him as the confirmation process gets underway".

Kavanaugh, who has never worked in the private sector, showed two investments on public disclosure forms for previous year, which were worth a combined maximum of $65,000.

Two moderate Republican senators whose votes will be crucial to his prospects, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both said they wanted to review his record carefully before making up their minds on whether to back him. "Brett Kavanaugh is hands down among the finest".

"I'm concerned about getting into a trade war, and it seems like we may actually be in the early stages of it", he said.

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