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Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems

Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems

By contrast, Senate Republicans were in the majority in 2016, when McConnell and his GOP colleagues blocked President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, for more than nine months, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

If confirmed, Trump's choice would solidify the high court's conservative majority and continue the president's push to shift the federal bench to the right.

In choosing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, Trump went with a well-credentialled Washington insider who compiled a long record as a reliable conservative and won the respect of White House lawyers and the outside groups that advise them. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year. SCOTUSblog, which covers actions of the Supreme Court, said his opinions have shown an "originalist approach to the Second Amendment right to bear arms", and that he "has not weighed in directly on issues relating to abortion" - two hot-button issues.

In the late 1990s, Kavanaugh played a lead role in the aggressive investigation of President Bill Clinton led by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr.

At 9 p.m., President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court.

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

The Times says Trump has recently been asking associates about Hardiman, and has also been talking about Barrett and Kavanaugh.

The high court handed Trump and his administration a series of victories in its term that ended on the day of Kennedy's retirement, including a major decision upholding the president's travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries.

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

Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, previously served as the Senate sherpa during the confirmation process for Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated in January 2017.

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He will admire Trump's candor and readiness to defy norms, especially by challenging allies who are "taking advantage" of the United States.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pushed back on Schumer's complaints, saying, "This far left rhetoric comes out every single time".

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

As soon as Trump announces his Supreme Court pick, Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political advocacy organization, says it will start airing ads in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia promoting the nomination.

Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business.

Departing his New Jersey golf club on Sunday afternoon, Trump told reporters he was still making up his mind.

In October of past year, Kavanaugh was part of the D.C. Court of appeals that ultimately ruled on an immigrant girl's right to have an abortion while she was in USA custody.

Indeed, the pressure will be on Donnelly and other red state Democrats to perhaps buck their party's wishes and confirm Trump's nominee. Kavanaugh worked for Kozinski as a clerk in 1991, and the two have maintained professional ties over the years, including when they worked for Kennedy.

I urge Sen. Susan Collins to join with Democrats and block any Supreme Court justice nomination until the Russian investigation is complete. The New York Times reported he's a favorite of White House counsel Don McGahn, who's leading the search for Trump's nominee.


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