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President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh visited top U.S. Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, seeking to build support among lawmakers in what promises to be a contentious confirmation battle with Democrats. While Trump was reportedly already interested in Kavanaugh before that discussion with Kennedy, the retiring jurist's recommendation helped seal the deal.

Mr Kavanaugh is a federal appellate judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, has left a trail of rulings and opinions concerning the Food and Drug Administration, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device manufacturers in his dozen years on the District of Columbia circuit court.

But he now believes, after working for over five years in the Bush White House, that Congress should pass a law giving presidents immunity from civil suits and criminal investigations and prosecutions until they leave office.

"She appreciates the invitation, but will not be attending", Collins spokeswoman Annie Clarke said.

"If all the Republicans stick together", Chris Coons, a Democratic senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "they will be able to confirm whomever President Trump nominates".

Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets.

He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Though the challenge by the plaintiff, an atheist opposing the prayers, was dismissed, Kavanaugh said he did have standing to sue. "I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person".

That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee.

A Boston Globe analysis of over 500 roll-call votes made by Collins shows she has favored those candidates for judicial positions - including district court, circuit court of appeals, and the Supreme Court, among other appointments - nearly 99 percent of the time.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would fight Kavanaugh's nomination with "everything I have", highlighting issues of healthcare and women's rights.

The AJC has not taken a position on the nomination, and Stern said it was studying Kavanaugh's record, specifically with regard to issues of immigration law, religious liberty, separation of church and state, and reproductive freedom.

On Monday, Trump phoned Justice Anthony Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat.

The so-called "right-to-try" debate has been a political flashpoint more recently, with Vice President Mike Pence strongly advocating for laws allowing patients a different pathway for accessing unapproved drugs. Jon Kyl, his guide for the confirmation process.

Elected officials in NY, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen.

Schumer urged voters to mobilize against Kavanaugh's nomination. Kavanaugh's nomination "sets in motion a hard right turn for the country that may be irreversible in our lifetime", said Nan Aron, the president of Alliance for Justice, a liberal group that has studied Kavanaugh's judicial opinions.

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups. "The process so mirrored 'The Bachelor, ' several folks quipped, that Mr. Trump would ask his nominee, 'Will you accept this robe?'"

Outside Trump Tower in Midtown, demonstrators gathered to protest the potential shift of the Supreme Court to the right.