Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

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Trump is scheduled to announce his nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at 9 p.m. on July 9.

Kavanaugh is a member of the conservative legal group and was on a list of potential nominees that it helped compile for Trump.

Trump, a Republican, named Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge from Washington, to the highest court on Monday, setting the stage for a political fight that could consume the weeks before the congressional elections in November. The president's party holds 51 of 100 Senate seats, so liberal groups will apply pressure on those same Democrats to hold firm against Kavanaugh because the loss of only a Republican vote or two could sink the nomination. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on "Fox News Sunday".

Hardiman, who was runner-up to Neil Gorsuch as the president's Supreme Court pick a year ago, made a comeback on Trump's shortlist this weekend in part because of the president's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who serves with Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Republicans outnumber Democrats, 51 to 49, in the Senate.

Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion. Hardiman is one of four judges thought to be President Donald Trump's top contenders to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

The Times also reported that McConnell did not "want to draw the ire" of Paul over Kavanaugh's role in crafting Bush-era policies.

"We are close to making a decision", Trump said.

Trump has previously said he wanted "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week.

The Kentucky Republican faces a challenge in winning Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Schumer and other Democrats have cited campaign statements Trump made to assert that any of the candidates Trump mulled would oppose abortion rights and the Obama-era health care law. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge. One possibility is a straight overturning of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, which would allow states to ban the procedure.

Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee. The nomination is poised to cement the Supreme Court's conservative majority, vastly reshaping the court for decades to come. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016.

Kavanaugh, 53, was picked by former President George W. Bush to serve on the influential Washington-based appeals court in 2003. "Judge Kavanaugh has the qualifications that make him immensely qualified to take a seat on the highest court in the land".

He has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit since 2006.

He followed up with subsequent nominations of outstanding jurists to the Circuit Courts of Appeal like Jim Ho, Don Willett, and Amy Barrett.

Conservative and libertarian-leaning activists raised concerns about Kavanaugh.

Barrett has a thin resume as a judge but has amassed a formidable and respected body of scholarly work. Lacking a brand name, Kethledge has a strong conservative track record after 10 years on the federal bench.

Hardiman was the runner-up when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia a year ago. He is an excellent judge-and will make a great Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States-because he is restrained, brilliant, humble, competent and very much committed to the Constitution. "Let's just say it's the four people". Every one, you can't go wrong.

"I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock", he said.