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Donald Trump Picks Judge Brett Kavanaugh For US Supreme Court Profiles of Possible US Supreme Court Justices
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 05:57

President Donald Trump has narrowed his choice down to four candidates ahead of Monday's nomination announcement - his second U.S. Supreme Court justice pick less than two years into his presidency. Trump touted Kavanaugh as "a brilliant jurist" with "impeccable credentials" before inviting Kavanaugh to the podium, where the judge said he was "deeply honored" to be Trump's choice.

"Former Sen. Jon Kyl has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court", White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement.

The timing of the nomination means that Kennedy's replacement could be confirmed before the start of the Supreme Court's next term on the first Monday in October. Admittedly, Kavanaugh also said that the government could only delay someone's abortion temporarily - as a lower court judge, he is bound by precedent saying that the government cannot cut of abortion rights entirely - but if Judge Kavanaugh becomes Justice Kavanaugh, he will be free to overrule those decisions.

Kyl has a wealth of experience in the Senate, which will be needed as the president's nominee is expected to face an intense confirmation battle. She's a law professor.

The White House announced Monday it has tapped former Arizona Sen. A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

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Kennedy said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on the nominee's views of the high court's Roe v. The US president said Judge Kavanaugh was known for having a "proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

Hardiman has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

The White House noted Kyl served on the Senate Judiciary Committee "during the confirmations of 4 of the last 5 justices who have joined the Supreme Court". Besides McGahn, he has the support of some Republicans who admire his record as a lawyer working with independent counsel Ken Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton and later in the George W. Bush White House as well as his conservative record as a judge. But he had made his final decision, according to a person with knowledge of the president's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

Both endorsed Kavanaugh's candidacy for the high court in a letter addressed to Congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Gorsuch previous year. The court's senior liberal justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is 85. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written", Kavanaugh said during the ceremony in which he underscored his ties to his family and his Roman Catholic faith. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016. Kavanaugh in his dissent mentioned that a financial penalty levied under Obamacare on Americans who opted not to obtain health insurance might be considered a tax, a pivotal distinction in the conservative legal challenge to the law.