Trump enjoys 'suspense' ahead of Supreme Court announcement

Trump enjoys 'suspense' ahead of Supreme Court announcement

US appeals court judges Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett were also in contention but CNN reported that Kethledge remains at home in MI and NBC News said Barrett was at her home in IN ahead of Trump's announcement.

After being announced as the nominee by Trump Monday, Kavanaugh said he would "keep an open mind in every case and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law".

"No matter how intense the incoming fire, he'll stand by his legal principles", said Justin Walker, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville who clerked for Kavanaugh in 2010 and 2011.

Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin were the three Democratic senators who voted for Trump's last Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, who replaced the late Antonin Scalia on the bench in 2017.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49. John McCain remains at home in Arizona while battling cancer during the confirmation vote.

Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, says it's "extremely disappointing" that some Democrats have made clear they'll oppose the nominee even before the president announces his choice. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court". It will feature cable and digital advertising in states including Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically".

"Kavanaugh's extreme conservative record and his past support by anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Resource Council (FRC) are deeply concerning". In addition to protesting Trump's nomination, they argued that Democrats have not done enough to protect the liberal progress.

Kavanaugh, 53, had always been mentioned in Washington chatter as a potential high court choice by a Republican president because of his educational background, intellectual firepower and an unyielding commitment to a legal approach championed by conservative Supreme Court justices such as Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. McConnell has rejected that possibility, saying the decision to not fill the vacancy under Obama was prefaced on it being a presidential election year.

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Kavanaugh worked for Starr, whose investigation of Clinton helped spur an effort by congressional Republicans in 1998 and 1999 to impeach the Democratic president and remove him from office. While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised a vote on the nomination before the November midterms, ensuring the outcome will be an issue before voters.

As such, Kyl is expected to play a key role in removing the hurdles in the confirmation process of Trump's nominee. "We don't know who the nominee is going to be yet", Sen. Gorsuch met with almost three-quarters of the Senate in advance of his hearings.

Trump in recent days has narrowed his shortlist for the high court. Dianne Feinstein told Barrett, a Catholic, that "the dogma lives loudly within you", suggesting her faith would influence her judicial decisions, a statement that was roundly criticized. Senator Patrick Leahy is a longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The two have supported access to abortion services. Conservative and liberal interest groups are poised to spend tens of millions of dollars in advertising and grass-roots activity.

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.

Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN were invited for the announcement.

The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), whose leaders pushed Justice Neil Gorsuch over the finish line previous year, are getting their war chests ready.

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