Roughly 25.6 million people tuned-in to major broadcast and TV news networks Monday evening to watch Mr. Trump nominate Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - about 21 percent fewer than the almost 33 million who watched live a year ago when the president picked Neil Gorsuch to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, AdWeek first reported.
Fallon, who is the executive director of Demand Justice, a new group that promotes progressive judicial nominees, said his organization has been working to persuade senators to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation.
But as soon as Trump announced his nominee, Democratic leaders denounced the judge and vowed to attempt to block his nomination or at least hold off Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court until after the 2018 midterm elections.
He talked about how his mother teaching in Washington D.C. public schools taught him the importance of equality and diversity. He described how his mother went on to earn a law degree, become a prosecutor and a judge.
Kozinski abruptly retired in December previous year after multiple women, including former clerks and a retired federal judge, accused him of abuse, including showing them pornography in his chambers, forcibly kissing them and inviting them to have sex. Barack Obama named Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
Kavanaugh never wrote that the president is above the law.
FILE - Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., meets with Brett Kavanaugh, right, then-nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court, on Capitol Hill, May 2, 2006.More news: President Trump declares North Atlantic Treaty Organisation a 'fine-tuned machine' at conclusion of summit
Colbert cited the many conservative legal battles that Kavanaugh has been a part of or weighed in on.
"If the President does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available", Kavanaugh wrote.
"As a point of comparison, look at Bob Casey who is also up for re-election in the Trump-won state of Pennsylvania". He proposed that Congress adopt legislation specifying that the president "is not subject to indictment or information under the laws of the United States while he serves as president".
Kavanaugh said the question of whether a president can be indicted in office is debatable. But their situations would be much worse if their votes were needed for confirmation.
Robert Mueller reportedly is among those who believes a president can not be indicted when in office. Before that, Kavanaugh worked for Bush in the White House and during his election recount with Democratic opponent Al Gore in 2000. He later joined the administration of President George W. Bush. He was more empathetic to how a prosecution could interfere with presidential duties.
"Trump has been unequivocal that he intends to appoint a justice who will overturn Roe v wade", said Clarke. "A woman's right to make her own health care decisions is at risk".
But there is only one case in Kavanaugh's record that is related to reproductive rights. In multiple opinions setting out this position, he has relied not on constitutional text - indeed, he conceded that "based exclusively on the text" of the Constitution, the defendant "might have a point" - but instead on historical precedents (such as the trial of the Lincoln assassination co-conspirators) that scholars have thoroughly debunked as supporting Kavanaugh's claim. Bill Clinton chose Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.More news: Phil Mickelson breaks rules again, this time at Greenbrier
Take the issue of abortion, which was a key issue in Jones' upset victory and it's gearing up as a key issue in Kavanaugh's impending nomination. Trump was decided on Kavanaugh by Friday, but waited until Sunday to inform the nominee.
Judge Kavanaugh seems to have a pretty long paper trail-does that mean we can more confidently infer his positions?
What were the Democrats thinking?
Barring any unexpected discoveries, do you expect Kavanaugh's nomination to be successful?
"Voting against Kavanaugh could very well give their Republican challengers the support they need to vote them out of office", he said. The GOP is praying for unity while hoping to see support from a few red-state Democrats.
According to the Daily Caller, it was a passerby that spotted the Supreme Court nominee on her way home from work Wednesday night.
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