President Donald Trump Announces His Supreme Justice Nominee

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One of the judges on Trump's shortlist, Amy Coney Barrett, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Donnelly's home state of in - a factor that could make the lawmaker more likely to vote in favor should Barrett be the nominee.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice".

Watch CBN News' FAITH NATION's coverage of the president's announcement. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has tried to warn the president through gentle nudging that Hardiman and Kethledge would be the safest choices for confirmation. But the contestants in this game show aren't the potential nominees, who have already been carefully vetted by conservative legal groups the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, started meeting with senators at the Capitol who will determine his fate. He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions.

"For judges, there is a natural and understandable inclination to decide these weighty and historic constitutional questions", Kavanaugh wrote.

If as expected Trump nominates someone firmly to the right, conservatives could dominate the court for years. "If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named-particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list-are all winners and every Republican should embrace these picks".

Judicial experts say Trump seems to be focusing on three contenders - federal judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". Although Trump said he would not ask judicial candidates about their views on Roe directly, advocates on both sides of the abortion debate believe that ruling could be vulnerable once Kennedy's successor is seated.

"This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind", said Casey.

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"Well, it's still - let's say it's the four people".

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has significant Washington credentials.

Trump announced Kavanaugh late Monday as his much-anticipated choice to fill the vacancy. Trump's nominee can win confirmation with only Republican votes, but attention will quickly shift to two moderate GOP senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who are supportive of abortion rights.

Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection. He also recognized Justice Antonin Scalia's wife Maureen, and Edwin Meese, President Reagan's attorney general, who was also in attendance. "We should evaluate this president's nominee fairly".

"Trump values loyalty above all else", she said. He also praised Kennedy.

McConnell said Kavanaugh was an "outstanding nomination". The framers established that the Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy". Afterward, Congress will vote to approve or deny the nominee.

Kavanaugh, 53, now serves as a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Kavanaugh would be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Born in Maryland, he is the son of two lawyers and attended Yale University and Yale Law School.

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