GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

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Manchin sent his regrets via tweet, saying that while he was grateful for the White House invitation, he looks forward to meeting Trump's nominee "in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience, judicial philosophy & perspective on access to healthcare for [West Virginians] with pre-existing conditions".

But things had flipped once again when Americans considered President Donald Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

Kyl, who retired at the beginning of 2013, is a familiar face to many within the chamber. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and each of the three Republican candidates for the seat being vacated by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.

The nominee will need at least 50 votes in the Senate, which Republicans now hold a slim advantage at 51 seats.

"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter barely arrived in the President's hands before several Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone - that the President might name", McConnell said Monday. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

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Gorsuch's nomination became possible because McConnell blocked Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy in 2016. That line of thinking would be useful to Trump, who is unlikely to face impeachment so long as Republicans control Congress.

The recommendation continued to underscore McConnell's significant behind-the-scenes role in the process - one bolstered by months of close coordination with the White House, and with White House counsel Don McGahn specifically, on filling circuit and district judge slots. It's a similar playbook to one the group followed a year ago with Judge Neil Gorsuch.

With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative.

Trump has reportedly narrowed down his search to four candidates, Thomas Hardiman of Pittsburgh, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge.

Nominating a new justice to the Supreme Court is one of a president's most important powers and the lifetime appointment of 53-year-old Kavanaugh could create the most conservative court in a generation.

Penny Nance, president, and CEO of Concerned Women for America, said in a statement, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is abundantly qualified to sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court".

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After attending both Yale University and Yale Law School, the Maryland native Kavanaugh went on to clerk for Justice Kennedy, the very man whose seat he now hopes to fill. The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of various contenders with aides and allies. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically".

Throughout the search for Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh was a favorite of the conservative legal cognoscenti. He even identified his sister- a liberal Bill Clinton appointee to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals - as his model of an ideal federal judge.

In recent years the Supreme Court has made landmark decisions on fundamental and often politically charged issues ranging from same-sex marriage, abortion, gun rights, corporate money in elections, and free speech. He was an author of the Starr Report, which urged the House to impeach the president for lying about a sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. "Over the coming weeks I will review his judicial record while also ensuring that Judge Kavanaugh will approach each case on its merits and follow the law as it is written".

"Judge Kavanaugh has a solid reputation as a great legal mind".

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The live stream of the Supreme Court announcement will be available on C-SPAN and the official White House Facebook page. He holds numerous same values as Justice Neil Gorsuch , who was also appointed to the Supreme Court by President Trump.

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