Trump Picks Kavanaugh, a GOP Favorite, for Supreme Court

Carolyn Kaster  AP FILE

Carolyn Kaster AP FILE

Liberals also took issue with the presence of Leonard Leo, the Federalist Society's executive vice president, who is now on leave from the group of conservative attorneys and scholars to work with Trump's Supreme Court nomination team. Michigan's Kethledge is on the 6th Circuit, while Indiana's Barrett is on the 7th Circuit. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions. But for now, the White House is being tight-lipped about the decision, and indications suggest that Trump might still be grappling with his final choice as well at this late hour.

Ultimately, Hawkins said she believes Trump's Supreme Court nomination choice probably came down to the candidate's personal loyalty to him. Retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy is Catholic, too, and he joined with liberals on rulings upholding abortion rights and legalizing same-sex marriage. He nominated Neil Gorsuch past year to replace the late Antonin Scalia.

Conservative groups like Judicial Crisis Network and American Crossroads have each pledged over $1 million in ads encouraging support or opposition to Trump's eventual nominee.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has replaced Republican Sen.

Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment.

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"Mr. President, I am grateful to you and I'm humbled by your confidence in me", Kavanaugh said Monday night.

Heitkamp also said she wouldn't attend. "Let's say it's the four people ... they're excellent, every one".

Republicans hold a razor-thin 51-to-49 majority in the Senate, giving them little wiggle room in a nomination battle that is expected to last until at least early October. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups.

MARTIN: Is there any way to discern how much President Trump is weighing the idea of confirmability in his process? The announcement is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

President Donald Trump nominated Barrett, and the Senate confirmed her on October 31, 2017, to the federal bench. "Casey is refusing to even consider the President's #SCOTUS nominee".

James Coll is an adjunct professor of constitutional history at Hofstra University and the founder of ChangeNYS.org, a nonpartisan organization formed to promote civic education and political reform in New York State. The poll is not all good news for Republicans, however. Sen. Feinstein raised concerns about whether Barrett could separate her religious views from the law.

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Last night he confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the court in a move that has anxious liberals and womens' groups. Kavanaugh already has checked virtually every box in the conservative legal establishment at only 53 years old.

Another Democrat, Senator Richard Blumenthal, on Sunday assailed Trump's reliance on a list of potential nominees endorsed by the conservative Federalist Society.

President Donald Trump points before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. The White House said today that former Sen. He also wrote, "Supreme Court precedent establishes that internet service providers have a First Amendment right to exercise editorial discretion over whether and how to carry internet content".

The choice was down to four people, he said, adding that "you can't go wrong" with any of them.

"They just didn't get it, but they do now!"

Mr. Leo said the judges on the president's shortlist are "extraordinarily distinguished people".

"There are differences among the four of them that might show up in how they write their opinions, how they interact with their colleagues, what they do in their spare time, but I don't think those differences are going to be reflected in any of their votes", he said.

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