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"But today, with the exception of the current justices and Judge Garland, it is hard to name anyone with judicial credentials as strong as those of Judge Kavanaugh, " Amar wrote in a controversial NYT OpEd, maintaining that Trump had lived up to his promise to pick "someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment, and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States". He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during his investigation of President Bill Clinton and worked in the White House during George W. Bush's presidency.

Hours after President Trump made known his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy with Kavanaugh, Akhil Amar, considered one of America's foremost legal minds, pitched in, calling him a "superb nominee" and warning that any Democratic opposition to him would be a mistake. "The tough job for all of us is to go to work".

"I am proud that a majority of my law clerks have been women", Kavanaugh added.

Though often a swing vote on social issues, Kennedy tended to side with the conservative wing in blockbuster employment cases, including two from this term: Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, which made it legal for employers to require workers to sign class-action waivers, and Janus v. AFSCME, which will likely decrease union membership by making the entire public sector right-to-work.

During his presidential campaign, Trump had called for "total and complete" block on Muslims entering the US.

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Some conservatives said Paul said he might oppose a Kavanaugh nomination, but Paul did not publicly say he would vote against him. He laid out the legal framework supporting Clinton's impeachment for his affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky .

During his 2006 confirmation hearings to the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh testified that he "would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully".

At the White House Monday, Kavanaugh invoked the value of legal precedent again, saying, "a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".

Kavanaugh's judicial record on abortion is thin, although last year he was on a panel of judges that issued an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detained in Texas by US authorities from immediately obtaining an abortion.

Whatever Kavanaugh's leanings may be on hot-button topics, Republicans accused their Democratic colleagues of elevating political considerations over the nominee's qualifications as a jurist.

The focus is on GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, moderate Republicans both - were coy when asked on Tuesday for their thoughts on Kavanaugh. The justices who remain on the court include three who have backed broad abortion restrictions and a fourth, Gorsuch, who in all likelihood would.

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In private practice, Kavanaugh backed the government when it sought to support religious interests and challenged schools when they attempted to exclude religious groups. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat whose vote on Kavanaugh could be pivotal on the Senate floor. Within the next year, the Supreme Court will not only evaluate the future of health care access, voting rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, labor rights, and our environment, it may decide the president's guilt or innocence in the Mueller investigation.

This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump.

As he arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday, he huddled with McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen.

Trump also met with Republican Sens.

"The law itself created a perverse structure that was inconsistent with foundational principles of separation of powers and that created problems for both the president and the independent counsel", he wrote.

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"If the president does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available", he wrote. But if Republicans don't ask for those records, they could be accused of ignoring relevant details about someone whose rulings could reshape American life for a generation.

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