Supreme jockeying ahead of Donald Trump’s prime-time reveal of court pick

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In the late 1990s, Kavanaugh played a lead role in the aggressive investigation of President Bill Clinton led by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr. Though Kennedy is a conservative, he was often a swing vote on big decisions, such as same-sex marriage, abortion and affirmative action. He has a solidly conservative record as a judge in cases involving government regulation and the separation of powers, issues that are important to the groups supporting his candidacy.

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The White House hopes his close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation.

"I honestly think that if it's one of the four, I think that they will be relatively easily confirmed", Cornyn said.

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style. He left office as the number two in his party's Senate leadership, a position now held by Republican GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may not be able to participate in the confirmation process.

"I am pleased to say I have found without doubt such a person", Trump said as he announced Kavanaugh's nomination at the White House Monday evening. Barrett has said she believes life begins at conception.

President Trump is slated to announce his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy tonight.

He has served since 2006 on the influential US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and was formerly a White House aide under George W Bush.

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Last week I was told Trump had essentially narrowed the list down to two: Kavanaugh and 6th Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge. Barrett is a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia.

Barrett has been somewhat dismissive of the notion of following Supreme Court precedents, the doctrine known as stare decisis. I take my responsibility of "advice and consent" very seriously and look forward to the Judiciary Committee's thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's record. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh.

None of the judges named is older than 53, meaning any of them could sit on the court for several decades, allowing Trump to make a lasting imprint on the nation's laws.

"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said.

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Trump scheduled the announcement of his nominee for Monday night, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised a confirmation vote in the fall.

Casey said he opposes the process by which Trump is picking his judges, which he described as choosing from a list of 25 nominees prepared by conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. Three of the most endangered Senate Democrats - Sens.

Such comments are likely to raise a red flag to moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins, R-Maine, who have said they would not vote for a nominee who has expressed doubts about observing precedents when it comes to abortion and other long-standing Supreme Court decisions. Kennedy, a 1988 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, was the most unpredictable.

He's rooting for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whose conservative views might draw the most ire from Democrats.

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