Trump to Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Tonight


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President Donald Trump has decided on his nominee to the Supreme Court after spending Monday morning working the phones primarily seeking input about two judges who were said to be the finalists, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Thomas M. Hardiman, people familiar with the discussions said.

Trump is set to announce his pick at 9 p.m. on Monday during a live television broadcast from the White House. "He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is also a former Kennedy clerk.

Those views could have implications for independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of President Trump. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

Trump has been struggling with Kavanaugh's association with the Bush family, however, an issue the Post calls the "Bush factor".

But lawyers who have worked with Kavanaugh are confident he will be boldly conservative. Young said the nominee is a well-respected judge with a strong record of honoring the Constitution and upholding the rule of law.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement.

Schumer says if Kavanaugh is confirmed, "women's reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court".

On the same day Kennedy announced his retirement, Casey took to Twitter, writing, "If an individual from the list provided to candidate Donald Trump by far-right organizations like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society is nominated, then I am highly unlikely to support that nominee". According to the New York Times, Trump "found him likable but comparatively boring".

The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Trump he believes Kethledge and Hardiman might be easier for the Senate to confirm than either Kavanaugh or Barrett, The New York times reported, citing Republican officials briefed on the conversations.

"The far right has total control of the Congress, they have total control of the administration, now they want total control of the judiciary, and I'm just not going to allow that to happen and I'm going to keep fighting against it", he said.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen.

The Judiciary Committee need not approve the nomination for it to advance.

Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court. She is a well-known conservative whose past comments on abortion drew attention at her Senate confirmation hearing.

Kavanaugh potentially could serve on the high court for decades. Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings on divisive social issues like abortion and gay rights, a practice his replacement may not duplicate. "The most important thing we can do".

Other red-state senators up for reelection, such as Sens. Trump made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon (NZ time).

For starters, Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital, with a particular focus on four states: Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Penny Nance, president, and CEO of Concerned Women for America, said in a statement, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is abundantly qualified to sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court".