Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

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Tanden said Trump "wants to pit us against each other", and referenced his attacks on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel during the campaign.

President Donald Trump is set to announce his nomination for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, to fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy when he announced his retirement on the last day of the Supreme Court session on June 28th.

Pres. Donald Trump will announce his nominee to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night. "A judge must be independent, and must interpret the law, not make the law".

The Pittsburgh-based federal appeals judge was the runner up to Justice Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court nomination a year ago.

Trump announced his pick fewer than two weeks after Kennedy said he would end his 30-year career on the bench. After his renomination, the Senate voted 57-36 in 2006 to confirm him.

In her 20s, she co-authored a paper that said Catholic judges, if they are faithful to church teachings, are "morally precluded" from enforcing the death penalty.

In early 2017, when Gorsuch's nomination was headed toward a Democratic-led filibuster — which McConnell's office notes would have been the first ever of a Supreme Court nominee — the Republicans changed the rules again to allow the confirmation of justices with 51 votes. "I think these are judges who have been vetted, they've received votes, they've received, in many cases, bipartisan support".

Kavanaugh avoided any direct reference to specific issues in front of the court in his remarks in the East Room, but said that he will be visiting Capitol Hill Tuesday to assure senators that he will commit to "keep an open mind in every case".

"From the notorious Starr report, to the Florida recount, to the President's secrecy and privilege claims, to post-9/11 legislative battles including the Victims Compensation Fund, to ideological judicial nomination fights, if there has been a partisan political fight that needed a very bright legal foot soldier in the last decade, Brett Kavanaugh was probably there", Schumer said.

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It'll happen tonight at 9 p.m. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights.

Kavanaugh, 53, was appointed to the Washington-based appeals court in 2003 by former President George W. Bush.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, called Kavanaugh out for his stance on net neutrality in a tweet on July 3.

Hardiman, a runner-up when Trump chose Neil Gorsuch as his high court nominee past year, received a wave of new attention in the weekend discussions, according to two people briefed on the matter but not authorized to speak publicly about it.

"He's a good man and I like him", Casey said of Hardiman. Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice.

As a Democrat in a red state, Jones faces more pressure to support the President than other Democrats in the Senate already opposing Trump's potential nominee.

Trump in recent days has narrowed his shortlist for the high court.

Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh.

Kavanaugh's record will come under particular scrutiny for clues as to how he might vote in any future review of Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed a woman's right to an abortion.

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