Trump Announces His Nominee to the Supreme Court

Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

He added: "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving". They need only 50 votes to confirm Mr. Trump's nominee because Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie. Before that, Kavanaugh served for more than five years in the Bush White House from July 2003 until May 2006. "And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history, and tradition and precedent", Kavanaugh said during the ceremony in which he emphasized his family and his Roman Catholic faith.

Dick Durbin (D-IL) will be grilling President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. So the reality, you know, as we've said, is that all these potential nominees have been vetted by conservative groups and have a conservative track record. Retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was a Republican but often ruled in favor of liberal causes, most notably authoring the decision that legalized gay marriage in 2015. Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

With the Senate's Republican leadership saying it aims to complete the confirmation process before November's midterm elections, Democrats were nearing panic mode.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri told NBC's "Meet The Press" the president should take note of that political reality in his choice.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

The NRSC also wasted no time in weighing in on Casey's opposition to the announced nominee.

But at least three Democratic moderates announced they would not be attending: Sens.

For starters, Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital, with a particular focus on four states: Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. But Democrats had begun filibustering a number of Bush's judicial nominees, which Republicans saw as an affront to their agenda. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The two have supported access to abortion services.

At the top of issues that will be closely watched is abortion.


"No one has been more dedicated to overturning Roe v. Wade than Leonard Leo", Schumer said, referring to the landmark abortion rights ruling. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

Barrett has served as a former Notre Dame University law professor and law clerk to former Justice Antonin Scalia. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh. He is also a George W. Bush appointment to the federal bench. White House counsel Don McGahn's office is overseeing the effort.

Both Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, issued statements congratulating Kavanaugh, but stopped short of committing to voting for confirmation. His views on abortion are generally unknown, but Kavanaugh was part of a panel that signed an order a year ago to prevent an illegal teenage immigrant from getting an abortion.

President Donald Trump has yet to announce his pick for Supreme Court, but Democratic Sen.

President Trump taunted his skeptics Sunday as he prepared to name his second nominee to the Supreme Court, tweeting a highlight reel of politicians and celebrities predicting he couldn't win the presidency. Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will get the first chance to question the nominee, predicted a "rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight". Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. Monday announcement from the White House.

Trump has been uncharacteristically circumspect about what he is thinking as the process has unfolded. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. Getting a nominee through takes time.

He called the system Trump is using to pick the nominee - mining from a pre-chosen pool of 25 conservative candidates - "corrupt".

In an interview on Fox News Monday afternoon, Sen.

Senator John McCain tweeted praise for Kavanaugh's nomination.

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