Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee

Four federal appeals court judges are President Trump's top contenders for nomination to the Supreme Court.               CBS NEws

Four federal appeals court judges are President Trump's top contenders for nomination to the Supreme Court. CBS NEws

With customary fanfare, Trump planned to unveil his choice on prime-time TV. However, she left that position past year when President Trump appointed her to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Former President George W. Bush nominated him to the appeals court in 2003. In the mid-1990s, Kavanaugh joined Kenneth Starr's independent counsel team investigating President Bill Clinton and ultimately helped write the Starr Report to Congress.

Kavanaugh ruled in one case involving abortion a year ago and is considered a likely opponent of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

However, Democrats are expected to fight against the confirmation since Kennedy's departure serves as the loss of a deciding swing vote on many progressive issues.

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Thank you for signing up for the Top 3 Newsletter. The White House said today that former Sen. Senate rules still leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation by themselves, though Trump must prevent Republican defections.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, and with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle. "I am thinking about this person".

The seat, vacated by retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, is expected to be filled in the coming months with Trump set to announce his nominee tonight at 9:00 PM. "If you were looking for somebody to pick for the Supreme Court, you'd have to say that she's an excellent choice". The judge ruled in favor of the state.

"They know that they will not get a justice nominated if the American people know this is what they want to do", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a call with reporters last week. What kinds of questions are on his mind?

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward".

More than anyone else in conservative legal circles today, Kavanaugh, 53, has been viewed as a Supreme Court justice-in-waiting.

A Democratic senator from Hawaii is leaving open the possibility of voting for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee despite widespread calls for an automatic "no" vote from her party. Both are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch. They sought someone with a long track record that included most of the controversial issues likely to come before the high court.

Democrats have sounded the alarm that by shifting the ideological balance of the top court Trump could place women's reproductive rights, health care and LGBT rights at risk, and demonstrators gathered at the Supreme Court Monday night in protest at the nomination. He released a list of judges he would consider for the court in 2016 and reiterated his use of that list after Kennedy's retirement.

Trump kept the suspense running through the weekend, teasing the announcement for maximum dramatic effect, but by Monday afternoon was reported to have made his pick among a shortlist of four judges, all with solid right-wing credentials.

The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

The first-term senator was one of just three Democratic Senators who voted to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court selection, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

"This is the moment conservative women have been waiting for - the chance to return justice and constitutional limits to the nation's highest court", Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, said in a statement in June.

On the past quarter century's most consequential and controversial issues, from racial preferences to religious freedom to reproductive rights, Kennedy often bridged the gap between the court's liberals and conservatives.

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