President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

The most leaky White House in modern history managed to keep Trump's secret, though sightings of other shortlisted alternative picks Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge at their homes in IN and MI, respectively, earlier in the evening had stolen some of the suspense.

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups.

" But Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, called Kavanaugh "a fine choice" to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and in a Tweet expressed hope that he would be confirmed by the Senate "without delay". I will say this: It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination".

Kavanaugh's long and controversial history could give Democrats an opportunity to delay the confirmation vote into October, when the Supreme Court's new term begins and when the midterm election is looming ahead.

The Supreme Court, sitting atop one of the three branches of American government, "has grown in importance over the past few decades", Burrus said.

Republicans occupy 51 Senate seats.

President Donald Trump is expected to select a Supreme Court nominee from a four-person list when he makes his announcement at 9 p.m.

Republicans hold a mere 50-49 Senate majority, with the prolonged absence of the ailing Arizona GOP Sen.

Murkowski and Collins are sure to face increasing pressure over the next several months from their Democratic colleagues to buck the president's nominee over the fate of women's abortion and reproductive rights. "A thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's body of work will be critical for the Senate to fulfill its shared responsibility-which I take very seriously".

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said opponents were using "40-year-old scare tactics" over abortion and other issues but they "will not stop us from doing the right thing".

"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and constitution require", Trump said in a speech unveiling Kavanaugh as his nominee. Monday, they assigned their stars Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow - as opposed to straight news anchors - to quarterback coverage of Trump's announcement, a made-for-TV moment with a big reveal.

But while most Democrats have announced their opposition to Trump's nominee, there are a handful of moderate Democrats who could buck their party and deliver another win for Trump.

The White House would love to have the Democrats' votes for confirmation.

Each choice represented a shift to the right compared to Kennedy, who has often cast a swing vote between conservatives and liberals on the nine-member bench.

Some conservatives lobbied against him, worrying that his upbringing in the suburbs of D.C. could mean he'll be the kind of justice who has disappointed conservatives before. "No president has ever consulted more widely or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination". If confirmed, Kavanaugh is likely to be a reliable conservative vote who could weaken or imperil abortion rights, beef up support on the court for capital punishment and clamp down on the power of regulatory agencies.

The conservative Supreme Court majority in 2014 agreed with Kavanaugh on the point he raised in the case, although it upheld most of the Obama regulations.

In an article in the Minnesota Law Review (pdf), Kavanaugh also noted his position on Senate confirmation hearings-a process he'll soon be facing.

Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights.

Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R): "Brett Kavanaugh has an impressive tenure of service, as a jurist and as a clerk at the Supreme Court".

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