Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee

President Donald Trump listens as Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee speaks in the East Room of the White House Monday

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Trump promised Sunday to choose an "exceptional person" for the post, but some Democrats were already signalling blanket opposition.

President Donald Trump made final preparations Monday to nominate a Supreme Court justice who could shift the court further to the right for decades, a closely held decision that appeared to boil down to appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman.

On Monday night, Trump announced Kavanaugh's nomination to replace Kennedy, who was considered a swing vote on numerous Supreme Court's controversial decisions.

Kavanaugh, 53, had always been mentioned in Washington chatter as a potential high court choice by a Republican president because of his educational background, intellectual firepower and an unyielding commitment to a legal approach championed by conservative Supreme Court justices such as Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.

US President Donald Trump is still deliberating on Supreme Court pick.

The President is also said to be intrigued by Amy Coney Barrett, 46, whom he nominated to the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, was a Notre Dame law professor and clerked for the late Antonin Scalia - the gold standard for conservatives in a Supreme Court nominee.

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"Evangelicals are ecstatic because in less than two years President Trump has filled a second Supreme Court vacancy with a second conservative - just as he promised".

While the president has been pondering his pick, aides have been preparing for a tough confirmation fight.

Officially, the White House hasn't indicated a preferred candidate and isn't expected to give away many clues until the announcement. "Senators should do the same, we should evaluate this president's nominee fairly, based on his or her qualifications and treat the process with respect and dignity that it deserves", he added.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring from the Senate in January 2013.

But his work on President Bill Clinton's impeachment, his close ties to President George W. Bush and his ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law, which he opposed on procedural rather than broader legal grounds, have raised concerns among some conservatives.

MARTIN: I think it's fair to say Republicans are pretty much thrilled about the potential nominees. He holds numerous same values as Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was also appointed to the Supreme Court by President Trump.

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Trump spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf resort mulling over his final decision, but said that he was down to four candidates who still had a chance of being invited to the White House for their national televised coming out party on Monday night. "She has made clear - as she said to the President in person two weeks ago - that she considers fully vetting Supreme Court nominees one of the most important jobs of any USA senator, and she plans to fulfill that critical duty". He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi.

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".

Mr Trump announced his pick at the White House, where he lavished praise on the 53-year-old Mr Kavanaugh's judicial record and his Ivy League education at Yale Law School. He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published a year ago called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude". "And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two", The Guardian reported. On Sunday he was back to citing 'the four people'. The live stream of the Supreme Court announcement will be available on C-SPAN and the official White House Facebook page.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate.

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

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