Schumer, Gillibrand blast Trump's Supreme Court nominee, plan to oppose his confirmation

President Donald Trump nominates federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court (Photo: The White House - MGN Online)

New York's U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand both plan to vote against President Donald Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court.

The president announced Monday evening that he had tapped federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of the month.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving," said Trump, who called Kavanaugh "one of the sharpest legal minds of our time."

Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a flurry of tweets following Trump's announcement that he will "oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have."

Sen. Gillibrand released the following statement:

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers’ rights, civil rights, and women’s rights for decades to come. I do not think he is the right choice for our country, and I am going to vote against him and urge my colleagues to do the same.
“This new judge could be the deciding vote in whether insurance companies can charge people more, or don’t have to cover them at all anymore, if they have preexisting conditions — and nearly half of all New Yorkers have a preexisting condition. He could be the deciding vote to uphold the disastrous Citizens United decision, which allowed corporations to pour unlimited money into our politics. And he could be the deciding vote in overturning Roe v. Wade, which is what President Trump said he wanted his new Supreme Court Justice to do.
I strongly oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and I urge all New Yorkers to raise their voices and join me in opposing him. We need a justice who will protect the rights of all people in our state — not just some.

Gillibrand also tweeted that a Supreme Court nomination shouldn't be considered until after the midterm elections in November .

Kavanaugh will need a majority of votes in the U.S. Senate to be confirmed to the bench.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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