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Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. and Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit are President Donald Trump's leading Supreme Court picks, according to traders on an internet betting site.

In his decade-plus tenure on the D.C. Circuit, the most influential court below the Supreme Court, he has amassed a massive paper trail that will be picked apart by his opponents. "But we're very close to making a decision". "These include his demonstrated hostility to reproductive freedom and his past support for greatly expanded and unchecked executive power".

Now Mr Kavanaugh will face a tense confirmation hearing in the US Senate whereby he needs 51 votes to fill retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat.

Trump's made-for-TV announcement mirrored his January selection of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League, speaking at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York City, Oct. 2, 2015. He worked on W.'s legal team during the hanging chads fiasco; he also represented former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush in a 2000 lawsuit over school vouchers in the Sunshine State. He was succeeded by Republican Jeff Flake in 2012 and is now senior counsel at Covington & Burling, the powerhouse bipartisan law and lobbying firm that boasts not just Kyl but also the likes of former Democratic Rep. Howard Berman of California and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Groups on both sides of the abortion fight reacted in expected ways to Donald Trump's prime-time announcement that he would nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Mike Sacks, a reporter for the Fox television affiliate in NY and a self-described lapsed lawyer, was among the first to make the connection on Twitter.

"This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation, and would take away labor, civil, and human rights from millions of Americans", he said.

"Fundamentally, it's been a precedent for a long time", she said.

"Bob Casey was for Judge Hardiman before he was against him, showing yet again that Casey will oppose anything President Trump does, even if it means contradicting himself", Barletta said in a statement.

"Make no mistake about it, Justice Kennedy himself was quite conservative".

Currently, the 100-seat Senate is controlled by the Republican Party, with 51 seats, but Democrats are likely to produce enormous pressure to sway Republican senators to vote against Judge Kavanaugh. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been absent since December and is battling brain cancer.

Two female Republican senators - Maine Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Holmes was the president of Arkansas' Right to Life group and had compared abortion rights advocates to Nazis.

Other Democratic senators issued fiery press releases. Sen. Joe Donnelly and North Dakota Sen. Hardiman was counted as a front runner during last year's nomination that ultimately went to Gorsuch.

The Supreme Court is often called upon to resolve highly contentious political and constitutional questions. "I support President Trump's nominee, and I hope the Senate will move expeditiously to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, a high quality and uniquely qualified nominee".

"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump, who named conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court past year, told an applauding audience in the White House East Room during the announcement that was carried on prime-time TV.

"I look forward to meeting the nominee in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience, judicial philosophy & perspective on access to healthcare for WVians with pre-existing conditions", Manchin tweeted.