GOP members expressed concern that her views were too “extreme” on gun control, abortion and terrorist detention, but Democrats said those were the views of her clients, not Halligan's.


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Republicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Mattis warns 'ISIS will resurge' without U.S. pressure on Syria MORE (R-Ky.) said Halligan would be an “activist judge.”

“Because of her record of activism, giving Ms. Halligan a lifetime appointment on the D.C. circuit is a bridge too far,” McConnell said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter Senator questions agencies on suicide prevention, response after Epstein's death in federal custody During impeachment storm, senators cross aisle to lessen mass incarceration MORE (D-Vt.) said that those "misrepresenting" Halligan as an “ideological crusader” were wrong.

Democrats said Republicans have set a bad precedent, since during rules negotiations just two months ago they promised not to block nominations unless there were “extraordinary circumstances.”

“If this is an indication of where we’re headed, we need to revisit the rules again,” Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds DEA allowed more opioids even as overdose deaths rose | Judge temporarily blocks Georgia abortion law | Three states report more vaping deaths | Dem proposes new fix for surprise medical bills During impeachment storm, senators cross aisle to lessen mass incarceration MORE (D-Ill.) said.

Schumer said that Republicans failed to prove “extraordinary circumstances” in their objection to Halligan.

“The desire to actually filibuster Caitlin Halligan is really causing a lot of consternation on our side. Clearly this is a judge that deserves a vote,” Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump defends 'crime buster' Giuliani amid reported probe Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support Trump urges Louisiana voters to back GOP in governor's race then 'enjoy the game' MORE (D-N.Y.) said. “Wearing the wrong color tie or blouse could be an ‘extraordinary circumstance.’ ”

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidReid warns Democrats not to underestimate Trump Harry Reid predicts Trump, unlike Clinton, won't become more popular because of impeachment Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show MORE (D-Nev.) called the GOP filibuster “naked partisanship.”

“If a truly exceptional candidate such as Caitlin Halligan isn’t qualified to be a judge in the United States of America, I don’t know who is,” Reid said.

Reid voted against the cloture motion as a procedural move so that he can later bring up Halligan's nomination again.

Republicans pointed to a legal briefing she signed that questioned the legality of detaining suspected terrorist as enemy combatants. 

“We have before us one of the most activist nominees,” Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals Trump to award Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese Trump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom MORE (R-Utah) said. “She has an activist judicial philosophy and is simply not qualified to sit on the judicial bench.”