Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Nominee?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Nominee?

LEAHY: Every senator has to determine what he or she wants to do. Momentum appeared to be with Kavanaugh and Hardiman, though the process has been fluid. Republican Sen. Rand Paul reportedly took issue with Kavanaugh's rulings on health care, which could be a concern due to Republicans' small margin for error in the Senate.

Kavanaugh's time in Bush administrations, for example, could count against him with a President who is suspicious of the political establishment.

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In his dozen years on the court, Kavanaugh has been involved in some 286 opinions.

Kavanaugh heads to Capitol Hill this week to make his case for confirmation, and he will face deep skepticism and outright opposition from most if not all Democrats.

Mike Sacks, a reporter for the Fox television affiliate in NY and a self-described lapsed lawyer, was among the first to make the connection on Twitter.

All three states lean heavily Republican.

Indeed, the pressure will be on Donnelly and other red state Democrats to perhaps buck their party's wishes and confirm Trump's nominee. They've been vetted by conservative groups. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime-time TV at the White House. A former White House aide under Bush who previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, he faced a long confirmation battle when Bush nominated him to his current post.

Given GOP control of the Senate and the chamber's Republican leader Mitch McConnell's abolition of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations during the Gorsuch confirmation saga, any of the four is expected to have a strong chance of confirmation. Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who support abortion rights, are the Republicans considered most likely oppose a nominee deemed too conservative.

MARTIN: Senator Leahy, could you see yourself supporting any of the four nominees President Trump is said to be considering?

Senators are trying to frame the debate before Trump's 9 p.m. announcement.

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Any of the candidates on Trump's short list would probably move the court to the right.

US President Donald Trump is still deliberating on Supreme Court pick. He now serves on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before retiring in 2013, Kyl was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be the first to consider the nomination. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Much of the groundwork for a successful confirmation comes in private meetings that the nominee will have with individual senators in the coming weeks.

Former New Hampshire Sen. Hardiman was said to be the runner-up to succeed Antonin Scalia, the seat Neil Gorsuch eventually occupied after being confirmed in 2017. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania - up for re-election - says he'll be opposed.

Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk, has sat on the 6th Circuit since 2008 after being nominated by George W. Bush.

"He could throw a dart on that list" and conservatives would be happy. The race is not expected to be competitive.

Hirono's comments come in contrast to what other Senate Democrats have said of the nominee. "And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history, and tradition and precedent", Kavanaugh said during the ceremony in which he emphasized his family and his Roman Catholic faith.

Trump a year ago appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

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