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Pres. Trump: 'Very Close' To Making Final Supreme Court Pick

Pres. Trump: 'Very Close' To Making Final Supreme Court Pick

Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement. "I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court", Kavanaugh said in his first public statement as a nominee. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Kennedy, and for judges on the Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has been nominated to replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June at the age of 81.

McConnell warned Trump earlier that Kavanaugh could be more hard to confirm given his long history and paper trail, The New York Times reported over the weekend, and sources in both parties have said it could be hard to move the nomination quickly.

"I will evaluate Judge Kavanaugh's record, legal qualifications, judicial philosophy and particularly, his views on healthcare", said Sen. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a legal clerk for Justice Kennedy", Trump added, saying Kavanaugh "deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support". Unlike Forrest Gump, Judge Kavanaugh is regarded on all sides as one of the most brilliant jurists of his generation.

Since Kennedy declared his retirement almost two weeks ago, conservative groups have been gearing up for a battle of a lifetime as Democrats vow to do everything possible to block President Trump's choice. On Sunday, he told reporters he was "very close to making a decision" but had "not made it final".

The finalist list remains Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

On Monday night, however, McConnell applauded Trump's announcement. Trump had spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies.

The American Family Association didn't agree with other conservative groups and is telling its supporters to contact their senators to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination. A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right.

The other moderate Republican, Sen.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME is one of two Republican senators who support abortion rights and is facing pressure from the left to oppose Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh avoided any direct reference to specific issues in front of the court in his remarks in the East Room, but said that he will be visiting Capitol Hill Tuesday to assure senators that he will commit to "keep an open mind in every case". And the Senate's top Democrat said the nomination puts abortion rights and health care protections for women "on the judicial chopping block". "And I believe this person will do a great job". A majority of 51 votes is needed for a confirmation. Conservatives, meanwhile, have both downplayed and hailed the possibility of reversing Roe.

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

This is Mr Trump's second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the U.S. for a generation after he leaves office. "Our nation is at a pivotal moment, and CWA ladies will be in the center of the action, protecting our future children and grandchildren with grace and dignity". Still, Republicans can only lose one vote.

Kavanaugh received his current appointment in 2006 after five years in the George W. Bush administration, where he served in a number of roles including staff secretary to the president.

Analysts say that could have weighed in his favour with the White House, given that the Supreme Court may at some point be asked to rule on matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation.