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Trump is scheduled to announce his decision at 9 p.m. Monday, and it is unclear how much of the last-minute maneuvering is geared to keeping the president's choice a secret.

"Democrats in the Senate should use every tool at their disposal to stop Judge Kavanaugh from being confirmed". He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would be be replacing his old boss; like Justice Gorsuch, Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy back in the day.

At 53, Kavanaugh is relatively young.

The Judicial Crisis Network is planning a $1.4 million ad buy in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia - states with moderate Democratic senators who could be pressured to vote for Trump's nominee. After graduating cum laude from Washington School of Law at American University in 1978, Martha Kavanaugh became prosecutor in Montgomery County, Maryland. They're extreme anti-abortion folks. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", Kavanaugh said. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written". "No single prosecutor, judge, or jury should be able to accomplish what the Constitution assigns to the Congress".

"From what I know at this point, it appears President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh", Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said in a statement.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY.

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The choice was down to four people, he said, adding that "you can't go wrong" with any of them. "Trump is just way over the bounds - he needs to be impeached", she said.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had pushed Trump to pick Sixth Circuit's Raymond Kethledge, being perhaps least controversial and most likely to win approved by enough Dems to augment GOP's thumbs up, which matters because of Republicans' slim edge in the Senate and Sen.

Barrett talks about her family in her introductory remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It's been decided by the Supreme Court.

Republicans occupy 51 Senate seats. Kavanaugh now reportedly believes court proceedings against a sitting president should be deferred until after he or she is out of office.

Kennedy was often a member of five-to-four majority decisions on the high court.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time", he told an audience in Fargo, N.D., last month. "The members of that community disagree about many things but we are united by a commitment to serve". - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., says she does not have a litmus test for who she wants to serve on the Supreme Court, but someone similar to Justice Neil Gorsuch would be a great selection.

Host Chuck Todd then brought up the dilemma faced by red-state Democrats.

Paul in a statement Monday evening released shortly after Trump announced his pick said he would scrutinize Kavanaugh's record closely. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

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Democrats are certain to press Mr Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide.

All three face gruelling re-election campaigns this year in their conservative states.

Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection.

As for Murkowski, she says she's looking forward to sitting down for a personal meeting with Kavanaugh.

Trump asked senators to unite to bring about a swift confirmation. Liberal advocacy groups are challenging Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to keep the Democrats united. But some Democrats accused him of excessive partisanship and it took three years before the Senate eventually voted to confirm him.

"The Supreme Court has upheld racial segregation, enabled voter suppression, and equated corporations with people".

Durbin said Todd had a point but that his colleagues understood the significance of the decision that's before them.

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