While the White House was successful for the most part in keeping President Donald Trump's SCOTUS pick under wraps for the past two weeks, Trump was essentially decided on his nominee after Justice Anthony Kennedy told him he would retire in a meeting, Politico reported.
Trump had said he hoped to make his decision by the time he returned Sunday from a weekend in New Jersey, but he told reporters en route to the White House that he needed more time.
Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace a frequent swing vote on the bench, retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often sided with his liberal colleagues on issues such as abortion, affirmative action and LGBT rights.
"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.
Schumer pledged to use all the weapons in his arsenal to stop Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court. A majority of 51 votes is needed for a confirmation.
"Polluters and corporations will love having Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court", Center for Biological Diversity attorney Bill Snape said in a statement.
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Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about who his pick will be.
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That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee.
On this basis, Kavanaugh believes presidents should be able to focus on their "never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible".
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said red-state Democrats might be tempted to vote for Trump's nominee because the midterm elections are coming up-but they should prioritize stopping his nomination to the Supreme Court. The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement.
Last year Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch, 50, who is extremely conservative and two more judges are in their 80s and could signal a retirement soon, allowing Trump to fill the Court with even more right-wing members.
Many Democrats fear that Kavanaugh's conservative credentials - in a bench that is now tied 4-4 between liberal and conservative justices- will tilt the court right for the foreseeable future, allowing a rewriting of everything from hard won rights on abortion to same-sex marriage.
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"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said Monday.
"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.
The conservative Supreme Court majority in 2014 agreed with Kavanaugh on the point he raised in the case, although it upheld most of the Obama regulations.
Prior to being tapped by Trump, some conservatives questioned Kavanaugh's bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role in the Starr investigation of Clinton.
Last night he confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the court in a move that has anxious liberals and womens' groups. The Judicial Crisis Network, which describes itself as "dedicated to strengthening liberty and justice" and is committed to "limited government", has already purchased a $1.4 million ad campaign on national cable and digital TV, and on stations in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, featuring an introductory bio spot about the nominee.
A third finalist, Amy Comey Barrett, was seen at her home in IN just a few hours before Trump was set to unveil his nominee at a White House ceremony.
Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen warned that Kavanaugh "has favored unduly limiting federal regulatory powers that are central to keeping Americans safe, and has argued for restricting the rights of people to access our court system".
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Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right.