How significant is Trump's Supreme Court pick?

Anticipation Builds Ahead Of Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Unveiling

I worry very much that President Trump, because he's been told to do this by the Federalist Society and others - are trying to make the courts an arm of the White House. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president. "The members of that community disagree about many things but we are united by a commitment to serve", Kavanaugh said during his remarks Monday night in accepting the nomination.

He also spoke highly of Hardiman and Kavanaugh, describing Kavanaugh as "politically very astute, honest, decent, good looking - he's got it all!"

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".

The group started advertising after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. The White House prepared briefing materials on all four. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee. Other Republican presidents haven't been so lucky.

"She's been very clear that it's not the role of a judge to substitute religious beliefs with the rule of law", said Rick Garnett, a long-time friend and colleague of Barrett.

Ahead of the announcement, the president spent time Sunday at his golf club with Fox News Host Sean Hannity, who favors Barrett according to people familiar with their meeting, The Times reported. The fight over his confirmation was contentious, with Illinois Democratic Sen.

Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network said it will launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light. Jon Tester of Montana face the hard decision of whether to back Mr. Trump's nominee - which could help them win re-election, but at the cost of aggravating the Democratic Party's aggressive left wing.

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Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. Kavanaugh had been a law clerk for Kennedy.

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

Within Republican ranks, Senator Susan Collins has already signalled she could break with her party if Trump taps someone hostile to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women's access to abortion. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year.

Hardiman was nominated to the federal trial court by George W. Bush in 2003 and to the 3rd Circuit in 2007, when he was confirmed by the Senate in a 95-0 vote.

Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three.

"From the perspective of judicial conservatives, Trump really can't lose here", Josh Blackman, an associate professor at South Texas College of Law, told AFP.

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The Senate must confirm Trump's nominee, who will be backed campaign-style by the White House and conservative legal organizations.

Kavanaugh worked for Starr, whose investigation of Clinton helped spur an effort by congressional Republicans in 1998 and 1999 to impeach the Democratic president and remove him from office. His views on abortion are generally unknown, but Kavanaugh was part of a panel that signed an order past year to prevent an illegal teenage immigrant from getting an abortion.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund, which is affiliated with Tanden's group, is among the groups taking part in a rally at the Supreme Court tonight to protest Trump's pick.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.

"Trump will not be president", former President Obama said.

Trump has been uncharacteristically circumspect about what he is thinking as the process has unfolded.

Before his election to the Senate, Kyl served in the U.S. House from 1987 to 1995. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. Getting a nominee through takes time. "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to push this through quickly. If McCain were to miss the vote, only one GOP defection would be needed to block the nomination if all Democrats were opposed. As Justice Elena Kagan observed in dissent, "Rarely, if ever, has the Court overruled a decision - let alone one of this import - with so little regard for the usual principles of stare decisis".

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