How significant is Trump's Supreme Court pick?

A 'Supreme' show: Trump savors big reveal for court choice

A 'Supreme' show: Trump savors big reveal for court choice

On Monday night, Trump announced Kavanaugh's nomination to replace Kennedy, who was considered a swing vote on numerous Supreme Court's controversial decisions.

She added, "Judge Kavanaugh has consistently proven to be a conservative ideologue instead of a mainstream jurist".

Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He also led the investigation into the suicide of Clinton aide Vince Foster. "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials and a strong record of defending the Constitution".

He also has expressed a broad interpretation of what constitutes obstruction of justice, a position which could be risky if the Russian Federation investigation leads to impeachable allegations against Trump.

"I will oppose the nomination the President will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests", Casey said in a statement. His upcoming "Supreme" show is the latest example of Trump's push to remake the federal bench with young conservative judges, a crusade he believes will energize GOP voters concerned about the state of the judiciary. He is a longtime judge and former clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh presents another challenge: he has a long paper trail. Trump's other leading candidates for the post were fellow federal appellate judges Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised a vote on the nomination before the November midterms, ensuring the outcome will be an issue before voters.

"An exceptional person will be chosen!" Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said during Kavanaugh's 2006 confirmation hearing.

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

Kavanaugh, who Illinois Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

Hirono's comments come in contrast to what other Senate Democrats have said of the nominee.

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That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. 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. The two have supported access to abortion services.

While conservative on firearms and election financing, Kennedy showed a more progressive streak on issues such as abortion and affirmative action. At the top of that list is abortion.

Liberal groups have geared up to protect Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that upheld women's rights to an abortion, from being overturned. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. Plus, he is a former law clerk to Kennedy, who switched sides quite a bit during his time on the Supreme Court. The judge ruled in favor of the state. He's written over 300 opinions. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate.

Kavanaugh, 53, was first nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush in 2003. Kavanaugh argued that the employees couldn't vote due to their immigration status. Last fall, he joined a panel of judges in issuing an order to prevent an undocumented immigrant teenager in US detention from obtaining an abortion.

The appointment will not change the ideological breakdown of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but nevertheless could move the court to the right.

Republican Senator John McCain, key to a Republican "yes" vote, endorsed the new nominee. Is there a chance they might break ranks and vote for the nominee?

"In keeping with President Reagan's legacy, I do not ask about a nominee's personal opinions". The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl would guide the nominee through the confirmation process. She said the Senate "should confirm his nomination without delay". He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

That means Kavanaugh is not a stranger to tough confirmation fights. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". That's what I've done for 40 years in the Senate.

Taking a moment to acknowledge his parents, Kavanaugh spoke about his mother and the prescient advice she once gave him: "Her trademark line was 'Use your common sense".

Trump's approach to naming a new Supreme Court justice has unnerved some Democrats.

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