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"Ultraviolet, a liberal group that is part of the "#MeToo" movement working to expose and end sexual harassment, called Wednesday for the U.S. Senate to investigate what Kavanaugh knew about Kozinski's behavior. "Let's be clear about what this is about, it's about government taking on the decision about a woman and what she does with her body".

"With a Justice Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we could see reversals of hard-won gains securing equal opportunity in education, employment and housing", the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said in a statement. But in a sign of unity with Trump, he accepted an invitation to Trump's Monday announcement of Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh worked for President George W. Bush and worked with Ken Starr on the impeachment case of President Bill Clinton.

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

Grassley said the Senate could vote on the nominee by later September or early October.

Other Democrats are anxious about Kavanaugh's written opinion that a President should not face legal action for a crime while in office. If a doomed stand against Kavanaugh strengthens the GOP's hold on the Senate, conservative judges will be easier to confirm - and liberal ones more hard, should a Democrat capture the White House. They view the uphill battle against Kavanaugh as similar to their successful fight last summer to preserve the health care law from a Republican repeal effort.

As Kavanaugh asserted that the majority's decision represented "a radical extension of the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence", he added, "It is undoubtedly the case that many Americans - including many Justices and judges - disagree with one or another aspect of the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence".

More than any other red-state senator, Heitkamp has received a remarkable amount of help from Republicans to keep her job.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, said in an interview Wednesday that Kavanaugh's belief in broad presidential authority was "just off the deep end".

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward: A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". Republicans, meanwhile, hope centrist Democrats running for re-election in conservative-leaning states will back Kavanaugh.

The second set will target the three Democrats who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

The focus is on GOP Sens.

Collins, from ME, and Alaska's Murkowski are two genuine mavericks in the Republican Party, and all eyes have turned to them.

Democrats blew their chance to shape the make up of the Supreme Court when they blew the 2016 presidential election.

In 2015, Kavanaugh, a Roman Catholic, filed a dissent in a case involving religious employers and reproductive rights. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "If he is unwilling to state that he will recuse himself, I think everyone should really reconsider whether they can support this nominee".

The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving".

"No investigation of a president!" Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself.

Kavanaugh wrote that he had come to believe any prosecution, indictment, legal action against a president should be deferred until after the president is out of office.