Kavanaugh, 53, is a conservative appeals court judge.
Kavanaugh, 53, had always been mentioned in Washington chatter as a potential high court choice by a Republican president because of his educational background, intellectual firepower and an unyielding commitment to a legal approach championed by conservative Supreme Court justices such as Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.
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.
"Whether the Constitution allows indictment of a sitting President is debatable", he said.
Companies that supported the regulation, including Honeywell International Inc (HON.N), last month filed court papers asking the Supreme Court to reinstate it.
His mother was also a judge. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.
"The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguarding of the crown jewel of our republic, the Constitution of the United States", Trump said. All three voted in favor of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee.
"Judge Kavanaugh is a home run", said JCN's chief counsel and policy director, Carrie Severino. "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process will be fair and timely". The Supreme Court nominee argued in the past that President Bill Clinton could have been impeached for lying to and misleading both his staff and the public at large.
A Yale Law graduate, Kavanaugh started his career as an associate counsel with special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, where he helped draft the report that recommended Clinton should be impeached for having an extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets. Such questions, should they need to be settled, will challenge the legitimacy of the Court as a guardian of the constitutional order.
A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, Kavanaugh often hears challenges to regulations brought by business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.
Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, says it's "extremely disappointing" that some Democrats have made clear they'll oppose the nominee even before the president announces his choice.
"Make no mistake about it, Justice Kennedy himself was quite conservative".
"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. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. If approved by the Senate, he would become the fifth conservative justice on the nation's highest court.
Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes.