President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks with protesters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington

Fox's coverage was led by Trump's fiercest defender in the media and a confidant of the president who reportedly speaks to him regularly.

Writing for the Minnesota Law Review in 2012, in an article titled "Separation of Powers During the Forty-Fourth Presidency and Beyond", Kavanaugh said his experience working for the Bush White House made him realize being president is "far more hard than any other civilian position in government". "He's a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". Barrett is a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale.

After all, Kavanaugh worked for both Presidents Bush.

Kavanaugh, 53, is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.

In this and a number of controversies landing before his court, Kavanaugh seemed to have been performing for an audience of one: the Republican president who would one day appoint him to the highest judicial perch in the land.

In the days leading up to Trump's announcement, some conservatives were concerned Mr Kavanaugh would not be far enough to the right on certain issues including abortion and health care.

"While I have not met Judge Kavanaugh, I look forward to sitting down for a personal meeting with him", she said. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", Kavanaugh said.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY.

Kennedy, 81, announced his retirement, effective July 31, last month.

"Do I think he'll be confirmed?"

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The president "is the producer", said CNN analyst and former Obama aide David Axelrod .

Schumer pledged to use all the weapons in his arsenal to stop Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court. I will say this: "It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination". He said that picking a new justice was the most important responsibility of his office other than matters of war.

Instead, we are now looking at the five-man majority of Thomas, Alito, Roberts, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh.

The president has also been wooing red-state Democrats as a kind of insurance policy.

Trump will announce his decision Monday at 9 p.m. The Judicial Crisis Network, which describes itself as "dedicated to strengthening liberty and justice" and is committed to "limited government", has already purchased a $1.4 million ad campaign on national cable and digital TV, and on stations in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, featuring an introductory bio spot about the nominee. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion. "Throughout this process, I've witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary", Kavanaugh declared Monday night, asserting facts not in evidence.

Democrats are certain to press Mr Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide. "While the House of Representatives is not involved in the nomination process, I'm hopeful the White House will work with the Senate, including Senators Collins and King, on approving a Justice for the Supreme Court who will serve Mainers and the Nation dutifully and honorably".

Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

McConnell and Trump were rewarded this year with a string of 5-4 decisions in which Gorsuch cast votes favorable to the president and the GOP.

Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court. And the president moved swiftly to fill those openings with young, conservative judges. As a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to set valuable precedents for lower court judges all over the country to follow.

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