President Trump has yet to make a final decision on his pick to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but says he is "very close". The appellate court judge in Washington has a "slight" advantage, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation, who helped shape Trump's list of possible justices, said Sunday on Fox News.
FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks before swearing in Judge Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Supreme Court Justice at the White House in Washington, April 10, 2017.
President Donald Trump is poised to continue his remake of the U.S. Supreme Court, with a nomination to be announced Monday night that could solidify conservative jurisprudence for years. A Ronald Reagan nominee, Kennedy joined the high court in February 1988.
Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment. As a woman and mother, she could upend the narrative pushed by Democrats that Trump's pick would erode women's rights.
Opposition researchers, vetters and Senate staffers would have to comb through not just his 286 opinions as a judge, the most of any current judge under consideration, but also his papers at the National Archives, which would include his years in the Bush White House and his role in the Ken Starr investigation looking into President Clinton.
If the nomination is delayed and Democrats capture an extra seat in the Senate in November elections, Trump could be forced to compromise with liberals in order to fill Kennedy's seat.
"I'm open to voting yes". Meanwhile, liberal groups like NARAL Pro-Choice, Protect our Care and Demand Justice are pouring millions into ad campaigns of their own, drawing attention to what a conservative-leaning justice might mean for abortion rights, in particular.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Kavanaugh is a "superb" Supreme Court pick and that senators should "put partisanship aside" in considering him.
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Richard Blumenthal, Democratic senator from CT , told ABC's This Week that it posed a fundamental threat to abortion rights. In a Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday, 63 percent of Americans agree with the decision in Roe v.
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Conservative Christians have long vied to overturn that decision, and Mr Trump has previously said he wants "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.
It'll happen tonight at 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all face reelection in the fall in states Trump won.
Kavanaugh, 53, was appointed to the Washington-based appeals court in 2003 by former President George W. Bush.
"Well, I think it's a little too early to be talking about legacy", McConnell said with a smile as he left the Senate chamber.
Within Republican ranks, Senator Susan Collins has already signalled she could break with her party if Trump taps someone hostile to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women's access to abortion. More recently, she's written that abiding by precedent is "not a hard-and-fast rule" in the Supreme Court's constitutional cases.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME has said she couldn't support a nominee that doesn't respect legal precedent and would overturn the "settled law" of Roe V. Wade. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh.
A right-leaning Supreme Court would be one of Trump's lasting legacies and highly prized gift to his conservative base after he a year ago delivered his first Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch.