President Trump To Announce Supreme Court Nominee

President Trump To Announce Supreme Court Nominee

After earning undergraduate and law degrees at Yale, he was a Kennedy law clerk in the early 1990s before joining independent counsel Kenneth Starr's team, where Kavanaugh co-wrote the report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton's impeachment.

This weekend, Trump recounted how close he came a year ago to selecting Hardiman, who was recommended by the president's sister and sometimes-confidante, retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry.

Trump has previously said he wanted "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.

"Brett Kavanaugh is a unsafe ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court", the civil rights group said in a statement.

In recent years, the average Supreme Court nomination and confirmation process usually has taken between two and three months.

While some Democrats promised a stern effort to block the 53-year-old Kavanaugh - who has served 12 years on the most influential US appeals court - Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a narrow margin and can ensure confirmation if they avoid defections from their ranks.

Many politicians around MS have reacted to Kavanaugh's nomination.

"Judge Kavanaugh's nomination serves as a reminder of why the American people elected President Trump in 2016", he said. Making reference to the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, he wrote that "the regulations substantially burden the religious organizations' exercise of religion because the regulations require the organizations to take an action contrary to their honest religious beliefs".

Television networks moved swiftly Monday from deciphering a mystery to setting up battle stations in their coverage of President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

On Monday before Trump announced his nominee, the White House sent out the list again and touted Trump's selection process.

Mitch McConnell tells Senate colleagues to 'put partisanship aside' while considering Kavanaugh
Trump and aides have also been teasing reporters over the selection process, seeking to build suspense ahead of the big event. Is there a Supreme Court sign in these tea leaves? Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five.

President Donald Trump's top contenders for the vacancy appear to be federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, and with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said opponents were using "40-year-old scare tactics" over abortion and other issues but they "will not stop us from doing the right thing".

Some Republican senators had favored other options. Kavanaugh is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions before the confirmation hearings. Whoever is picked will face opposition from Democrats. Pat Roberts said in a statement. One night after Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump met with Democratic Sens. For lawmakers who are not on the Judiciary Committee, it may be their only chance to talk with the nominee personally before a final vote. All three voted to confirm Gorsuch and are up for re-election in states that Trump won handily.

That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen.

As a counterweight, a new liberal interest group, Demand Justice, plans to spend as much as $5 million to push the moderate Democrats to hold fast against the nominee, as well as attempt to persuade moderate Republican senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to oppose Kavanaugh.

While public polling on abortion finds support for a number of potential abortion restrictions, the popularity of Roe itself remains high.

All of Trump's top candidates were considered more solidly conservative than Kennedy.

But Kavanaugh, who grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher, has the reputation of a staunch conservative, one who many Republicans no doubt hope could help overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guarantees women the right to an abortion. I am more than confident @realDonaldTrump chose the right person to replace Justice Kennedy.