Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says

Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says

"Totally unacceptable." These are just a few of the ad hominem attacks that far-left special interest groups hurled at a federal circuit court judge whom a Republican President nominated to the Supreme Court.

A graduate of Yale and Yale Law, he also was a member of Kenneth Starr's independent counsel team that investigated President Bill Clinton.

Within Republican ranks, Senator Susan Collins has already signalled she could break with her party if Trump taps someone hostile to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women's access to abortion.

All four federal judges have the endorsement of major Republican legal groups, most importantly the powerful Federalist Society.

This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Republicans meanwhile are lobbying the White House on behalf of their preferred candidate. White House aides said they have prepared "rollout packages" for the four finalists.

Conservatives will look to Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin as potential Democratic votes in favor of Kavanaugh, since the three senators face tough re-election races in the fall in red states won by Trump in 2016.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle. I was greatly honored when Justice Kennedy came to the White House to meet with me. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to the Supreme Court, but there is some hope for those holding out for a third SCOTUS vacancy for Trump to fill with a conservative.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has significant Washington credentials. His mother, Martha, became a Maryland state judge a quarter-century ago. Barrett is a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia.

"He made a statement that really gives one some pause about what he'd do when he's on the Supreme Court as opposed to an appellate court", former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli told Politico last week.

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"My judicial philosophy is straightforward".

The nomination is Trump's second to the nation's highest court, a rare presidential privilege that could seal a key part of Trump's legacy less than two years into his first term.

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation. "President Trump is the one that made the litmus test for his nominee, not us".

It was a much different message than those issued by many Senate Democrats representing blue states, typified in Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) response to the nomination.

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On Monday before Trump announced his nominee, the White House sent out the list again and touted Trump's selection process. An official said Thursday that Trump had completed his scheduled interviews for potential nominees.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".

All three voted past year to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and the White House invited them to meet with Trump last month to discuss the latest opening on the court.

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