U.S. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, 53, who was picked to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy,

Brett Kavanaugh

who announced his retirement on June 27. He will face a marathon of hostile questioning by Democrats on Wednesday, as his Senate confirmation hearing rolls into its second day.

They plan to press Kavanaugh on abortion, gun rights and his ability to be independent of Trump, among other issues.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would move the court, already majority conservative, further to the right. Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight. But with Republicans narrowly in control of the Senate, and no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely that Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

Tuesday’s opening session was dominated by Democrats demanding in vain that the hearing be delayed so they could review documents from Kavanaugh’s time as staff secretary to former Republican President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2006.

Kavanaugh also is likely to be questioned about his views on investigating sitting presidents and the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s 2016 campaign. Trump, who denies any collusion took place, has called the Mueller probe a ‘witch hunt.”

(Reuters)