Senate showdown: Dems fight to stop SCOTUS pick

The focus now shifts from President Trump's announcement of Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee, to the Senate's knock-down, drag-out fight over his confirmation.

Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 4:41 PM

(NBC News) President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the soon-to-be open spot on the Supreme Court bench.

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The focus now shifts to what's expected to be a knock-down, drag-out fight over Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Republicans are pleased with the pick because it cements conservative control of the high court, but Democrats are worried that a right-leaning court could cripple existing laws on abortion, healthcare, and LGBT rights.

The Republicans' razor-thin majority won't matter if they can work together, but they may need help from a few red-state Democrats.

Kavanaugh serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. If confirmed, he'd replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a critical swing vote on several landmark cases.

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