Pres. Trump announces pick for Supreme Court nominee

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Trump praised his record when he nominated him: 'Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law'. He was an associate counsel to Kenneth Starr, and helped draft the Starr report urging President Bill Clinton's impeachment, and was nominated by President George W. Bush to the D.C. Appeals Court in 2003.

Donald Trump said: "What matters is not a judges political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the constitution require".

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.

Kavanaugh, 53, is a conservative appeals court judge. "Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty". Kavanaugh would be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was.

Republicans may have a narrower margin for error than they did when the Senate confirmed Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, by a vote of 54-45 in April 2017.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice". During the emergency hearing in that case, which Kavanaugh presided over, he warned that he was wary of issuing a "sweeping constitutional ruling" - never mind that that wasn't what his court had been asked to do.

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Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five.

That's the same kind of hyperbolic language that Trump himself likes to employ as he extols his own decisions, many of which turn out to be a lot less than advertised. In the case decided Monday that had to do with attorneys' fees, there would be no majority if Kavanaugh were to withdraw.

Mike Sacks, a reporter for the Fox television affiliate in NY and a self-described lapsed lawyer, was among the first to make the connection on Twitter.

Other Trump-state Democrats on the fence include Sens.

All three states lean heavily Republican. McConnell, who called Kavanaugh a "superb choice", hasn't explicitly said whether his goal is to complete a confirmation before the November midterm elections. Fox News was also the most engaged news brand on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined, the analysis said.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would receive a raise of nearly 16% from his current, $220,600-per-year salary for his role as a circuit judge.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said they will hold a confirmation vote this fall. In exchange for this act of good will, Democrats will insist that Kavanaugh answer all fair questions at his confirmation hearing.

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She highlighted the power of a Supreme Court Justice on a personal level saying that two decades after Brown vs. Board of Education, she was only the second class to integrate at Berkeley Public Schools.

Schumer says the administration's action highlights the stakes for senators. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court".

"No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination".

Collins, a moderate Republican, has generally supported court nominees put forth by Republican presidents.

The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

Elected officials in NY, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen.

The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.

He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The race is not expected to be competitive.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time", he told an audience in Fargo, N.D., last month.

Rabhan and others cited a case, Garza v. Hagan, in which Kavanaugh opposed a detained undocumented immigrant minor's right to obtain an abortion.

The Judicial Crisis Network, which pushes for conservative judicial nominees, will launch a $1.4 million ad campaign aimed at Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin, according to a representative for the group. It will feature cable and digital advertising in states including Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Democratic lawmakers, who have a minority of seats in both houses of Congress, have acknowledged there is no clear path to block Trump's pick for the lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. But he says with his final four options "you can't go wrong".

Over the weekend, it looked like Judge Kavanaugh's star may have been fading, that perhaps he had too-close ties to the Bush family for Mr Trump's liking.

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