Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Nominee?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Nominee?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Nominee?

Eastern time. A source close to the process tells NPR that administration officials spent a whole lot of the weekend in deep deliberation at the president's New Jersey golf club. "It's - well, let's just say it's the four people". All three candidates remain in contention, but Trump has revived talk of Hardiman because he has not felt compelled, yet, to tap one of them. She rocketed to the top of Trump's earlier list of 25 Supreme Court candidates after her performance during her confirmation hearing last fall, when Democrats cited her deep Catholic faith as a potential problem. Dianne Feinstein previous year during her confirmation hearing to the federal bench. Before that, Kavanaugh served for more than five years in the Bush White House from July 2003 until May 2006.

Anticipation was high on Capitol Hill in the hours leading up to the announcement.

"I didn't know Justice Kennedy was going make this decision to retire but I like the timing and I think the quality of the potential successors is very high", Cornyn said. A majority of 51 votes is needed for a confirmation. They may need every Republican senator to secure the seat without Democratic help.

John Cornyn will be in the room when the president reveals his choice. Still, Republicans can only lose one vote.

After Republicans won control of the Senate in 2014, McConnell became leader — and the confirmation of Obama's nominees started grinding to halt. Cornyn told reporters that he will join about 30 Senate Republicans at the White House prime-time announcement.

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Democrats, instead, are focused on winning over at least two GOP senators and keeping their 49-member caucus united in opposition.

Manchin's spokesperson also said he wasn't planning to attend and the senator said later in a tweet that he appreciated the invitation from Trump. None is older than 53, meaning they could sit on the court for decades, allowing Trump to make a lasting imprint on the nation's laws.

Like Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh clerked for Kennedy. But he had made his final decision, according to a person with knowledge of the president's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The Democratic senator Kamala Harris of California said: "Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the supreme court".

MCCAMMON: Yeah, 9 Eastern time tonight is when the White House says the news will be coming out.

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MARTIN: Who on the president's list is considered to face the toughest confirmation battle?

QUOTE - "To be sure, the constitutional text does not answer all questions".

"Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!" he wrote.

Because of the Supreme Court - and because of the court's power to restrict abortion, the utmost issue to many evangelical and Catholic voters who view an abortion as the killing of a human being - these evangelicals have put up with many aspects of Trump's candidacy and administration that they might otherwise have found distasteful, including his three marriages and his reported affair with a porn star; his numerous alleged sexual assaults and his on-tape statement about grabbing women's genitals; and his policy, now reversed, of separating children from their parents at the US border. Barrett is Catholic and was better known as a professor at Notre Dame before being named a federal judge previous year.

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