Trump plans to announce Monday that he has selected the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Both CNN and Politico report that Trump's one-on-one meeting with Kennedy cemented the choice, though NBC News went further in its reporting and is now taking flak for going public with-and then retracting-a one-source allegation of a deal between Kennedy and the White House.
Jennifer Mascott, a former law clerk for Kavanaugh who's now an assistant professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University, says it's impossible to tell how he would rule in a future case concerning abortion rights.
Combined with other sections of the dissent, Jacobs said Kavanaugh gave the "road map" for the Obama administration's legality argument and Roberts's decision.
The morning after being nominated by Trump for a lifetime seat on the nine-member conservative-majority court, Kavanaugh began making the rounds in the Senate, first visiting Republican leader Mitch McConnell and then Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, whose panel will hold confirmation hearings.
Tennessee's senators were complimentary of President Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday night, but they withheld explicit support.
The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation.
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Outside Trump Tower in Midtown, demonstrators gathered to protest the potential shift of the Supreme Court to the right.
The president has already begun using the high court vacancy as a rallying cry as he campaigns for Republicans across the country. He didn't call for the court to take away the power to investigate the president; he said that Congress could consider writing a law to exempt the president. When "Notorious RBG" said that at her 1993 confirmation hearing, Democrats cheered.
Republicans will target three Democrats facing re-election in conservative states where Trump won big majorities in the 2016 election - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of in - to support Kavanaugh. Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have all been floated as possible "yes" votes for Kavanaugh, but on Tuesday, they were just as mum as their moderate colleagues on the other side of the aisle.
Senators are trying to frame the debate before Trump's 9 p.m. announcement. To Democrats, he's a threat to women's reproductive rights and the Obama health care program. Mike Lee, R-UT, said Monday evening, hopeful but not yet committing to confirmation.
The anxiety over defections speaks to the narrowness of the Republican's majority in the Senate.
Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress. Kavanaugh is Trump's second nominee, giving the president a chance to solidify conservative control of the court for years to come. If you're going to do something risky in this emergency situation, it should be something that might actually make a difference.
Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon as he concluded a weekend in New Jersey spent deliberating his decision at his private golf club. "I've voted against ideologically extreme judges that do not reflect Maine's values a number of times before, and, if my research indicates that Judge Kavanaugh is another such nominee, I will not hesitate to do so again".