Donald Trump still pondering Supreme Court pick as big reveal nears

Donald Trump still pondering Supreme Court pick as big reveal nears

Donald Trump still pondering Supreme Court pick as big reveal nears

"Other than matters of war and peace, this is the most important decision a president can make", Trump said before announcing Kavanaugh as his pick.

In 2006, President Bush, watches the swearing-in of Brett Kavanaugh as Judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

All of the candidates were on a list of 25 names released by the president in November.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a key Republican vote, was also invited to the White House but is not going, she said Monday. The White House said Monday that John Kyl, a former Arizona senator, would guide Trump's nominee through the gruelling Senate process.

Before retiring in 2013, Kyl was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be the first to consider the nomination.

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Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon before returning to Washington from a weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey, where he deliberated his decision amid furious lobbying and frenzied speculation.

A group of Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states - lawmakers who could be pivotal in the confirmation fight - declined Trump's invitation to attend the White House announcement. Trump is expected to announce Monday evening his choice to fill Kennedy's seat.

The Republican president, with an opportunity to further put his stamp on the court with the second appointee of his 18 months in office, is expected to choose among four judges with strong conservative credentials: Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett. And I believe this person will do a great job.

Support for nomination: Barrett also served as a law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who is beloved by conservatives.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

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Trump himself has indicated that his selection is down to four prospects: Brett Kavanaugh , a judge on the D.C. The stakes are sky high for filling the opening created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's imminent retirement.

At Monday night's announcement in the East Room, Judge Kavanaugh, 53, said: "Mr President, thank you". Barrett is a former University of Notre Dame law professor, (and a graduate of the school; Kavanaugh meanwhile received his undergrad and law degrees from Yale). But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk, has sat on the 6th Circuit since 2008 after being nominated by George W. Bush. He is an evangelical Christian whose book Lead Yourself First uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively".

"Trump has enjoyed teasing details of his process in recent days, saying Thursday that he was down to four people and 'of the four people, I have it down to three or two". Though Kennedy is a conservative, he was often a swing vote on big decisions, such as same-sex marriage, abortion and affirmative action. On Sunday he was back to citing 'the four people'.

But much like his entire presidency, there are no assurances it will go smoothly.

In her 20s, she co-authored a paper that said Catholic judges, if they are faithful to church teachings, are "morally precluded" from enforcing the death penalty. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court". I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.

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