Donald Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh as US Supreme Court nominee

Alabama Democrat keeping an open mind on Trump's SCOTUS pick

Alabama Democrat keeping an open mind on Trump's SCOTUS pick

"Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee".

Ahead of his announcement, Trump tweeted about the stakes: "I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice - Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M".

Kavanaugh is a member of the conservative legal group and was on a list of potential nominees that it helped compile for Trump. Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority, but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is battling brain cancer and is unlikely to be present for a vote. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on "Fox News Sunday".

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the president "outsourced" his decision to the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, which first helped Trump compile a list of 25 prospective Supreme Court justices during the 2016 campaign.

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate. John McCain's expected no-vote as he battles brain cancer. But four Democrats from states Trump won in 2016 voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago, leaving the Republicans room for error.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said red-state Democrats might be tempted to vote for Trump's nominee because the midterm elections are coming up-but they should prioritize stopping his nomination to the Supreme Court. "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision".

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

"I'm not sure I'm leaning anywhere on those four nominees". He said Sunday that he hoped to have made a decision by noon Monday.

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation.

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Leonard Leo, who took leave from the Federalist Society to advise Trump on the nomination process, told ABC's "This Week" that Trump could line up conservative support for any of the four picks.

Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says by picking Kavanaugh, Trump is delivering on his pledge to "punish" women for their choices. He has quizzed golf partners, visitors to his club at Bedminster, New Jersey, and friends and advisers about how they view the candidates.

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.

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right. Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent.

Donald Trump has nominated a conservative appeals court judge to the U.S. Supreme Court, a move that could open the door to roll-backs of abortion and affirmative action as the right gains a firm majority on the country's highest bench.

The 53-year-old, who was the White House Staff Secretary under George W Bush, has served as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the past 12 years. Hardiman, 52, who was also appointed by Bush, serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

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