Senator Hatch says Kavanaugh will ‘be able to handle’ pressure from Democrats


WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- President Trump’s choice for the next Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is making the rounds on Capitol Hill. He’s hoping to get enough support.

Republicans, like Senator Orrin Hatch applaud the president for his nomination.

“For picking this really fine man to fill this open slot on the United States Supreme Court,” Sen. Hatch said.

The senator met with Kavanaugh who is going door-to-door in the Senate to line up the 50 votes he needs to be confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice.

Watch: Senator Orrin Hatch Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh:

Democrats say they have a strategy they hope will stop his nomination. It involves reviewing millions of documents.

Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, says the president made it clear any nominee would rule against abortion rights.

“You want a judge who’s going to respect settled law, legal precedent,” Wyden said.

The final decision will really come down to a handful of moderate senators—like Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Heitkamp says abortion rights cannot be the only issue.

“We expect that this issue will continue to come up, but it’s not a litmus test issue for me,” she said.

Some Democratic senators are demanding a full accounting of Kavanaugh’s five years in the Bush White House, and they also want to review the hundreds of opinions he’s written for the DC appeals court.

“There’ll be the usual attempt to sully his reputation, not only in the Senate but outside of the Senate,” Hatch said. “But he’ll be able to handle it,” he added.

Republicans hope to hold a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh in late August and plan the confirmation vote for September

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