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Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court seat

Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court seat

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

President Donald Trump will announce his selection for the Supreme Court vacancy Monday night, less than two weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would retire from the court. Every one you can't go wrong. The deep-pocketed group advertised against Senate confirmation of Garland and spent millions more advocating for Gorsuch. The president has again been impressed by his life story, as someone with humble roots - the first in his family to go to college and even that he drove a taxi to help pay for law school.

The US president said Judge Kavanaugh was known for having a "proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

Barrett, on the other hand, has become a favorite of religious conservatives because of her thorny confirmation hearing to the federal bench past year.

Kavanaugh, a Catholic, was careful to make himself sound open-minded, reasonable, and apolitical, although, as Quartz's Heather Timmons noted, he's "played a role in several of the most important partisan battles in U.S. politics over the past 20 years".

Schumer says if Kavanaugh is confirmed, "women's reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court".

The White House announced Monday that former Sen. John Kyl should act as the "Sherpa," the person responsible for guiding the nominee around Capitol Hill as they begin the work of meeting with senators individually.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, and with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

"I am concerned that he's making it like a game show", Sen.

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"When they say they will obey settled law you can't believe it", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday.

Meanwhile, the Senate's top Democrat wasted no time in sharing his displeasure at Trump's choice to replace Justice Kennedy. But her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience. He is 51, and among all the reported shortlisters, he is the only non-Catholic.

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And in a rape case, Kethledge dissented. She has written that the case does not establish a "superprecedent".

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. Plus, he is a former law clerk to Kennedy, who switched sides quite a bit during his time on the Supreme Court.

Her colleagues, however, told Newsweek that Barrett can make the important distinction between her personal faith and her judicial duty.

Barrett also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions.

"She's really outstanding", Hatch said.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME is one of two Republican senators who support abortion rights and is facing pressure from the left to oppose Kavanaugh. Some Democrats accused him of excessive partisanship, and it took three years before the Senate eventually voted to confirm him.

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They are shaped by love of Holy Scripture, prayer and community; and the Church's mission is richer for their presence". But the second time around, Murkowski could prove to be more hard for the White House to get a solid yes.

Hardiman holds a consistently conservative voting record.

Hardiman serves on the same court as Maryanne Barry Trump, which is based in Philadelphia.

However, Maryanne Trump Barry, Trump's sister who also serves as a federal judge, has supported Hardiman-whom she served with on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.

In his dozen years on the court, Kavanaugh has been involved in some 286 opinions. He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion. The judge, who has authored more than 300 opinions, has also written fairly extensively about presidential authority and the separation of powers.

He co-wrote the Starr Report on which the impeachment.

Those views could have implications for independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections. And that is a big if.

Manchin is one of ten Senate Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won.

"I'm open to voting yes". "This is a nominee who is going to be incredibly popular". Doug Jones, D-Ala., said in a Sunday interview on CNN's State of the Union. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.

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If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked.