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

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Tuesday attacked President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in a post featuring the picture of another judge.

At 53, Judge Kavanaugh is a young nominee to the United States Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh now serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

A graduate of Yale and Yale Law, he also was a member of Kenneth Starr's independent counsel team that investigated President Bill Clinton.

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

"A judge must interpret statutes as written".

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"Are you ready for a fight?" progressive darling Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) bellowed as a crowd outside the Supreme Court chanted his name, echoing his 2016 campaign's themes of American oligarchy.

Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge based in Washington D.C. with ties to the George W. Bush administration, was also a high school classmate of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill at Washington's Georgetown Prep.

Republicans and Democrats are at odds over Kavanaugh and with the Senate closely divided, his path to confirmation is treacherous.

In a 2009 article for the Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh argued that the president should be exempt from "time-consuming and distracting" lawsuits and investigations, which he said would "cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the worldwide or domestic arenas".

"We should be very concerned that this nominee has been vetted by the Heritage Foundation, whose goal is to repeal the ACA and the protections it provides", Sen.

Brown, a prominent liberal voice, said he had some "serious concerns" about Kavanaugh's rulings - but insisted he hasn't made a decision.

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She said that with Kavanaugh's credentials, "it's very hard for anyone to tell me that he's not qualified for the job".

McConnell also said he expects Senate Democrats to grill Kavanaugh on decisions he might make, which he characterized as atypical for the confirmation process.

Because he was a swing-vote in favor of abortion rights, Kennedy's departure from the court has sparked alarm among abortion rights activists that Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

"If we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women's reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it", Schumer told CBS News Tuesday.

Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin.

The vacancy on the nation's highest court was caused by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. With Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receiving cancer treatment in his home state, Republicans need all 50 Republicans, plus Pence as a tiebreaker, to confirm Kavanaugh, assuming no Democrats join them.

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In his dissent, he wrote that the Supreme Court had previously "held that handguns - the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic - are constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens". Kavanaugh would be the second appointment under Trump, further cementing a conservative-leaning Supreme Court.