These two judges are favorites to win Supreme Court nod

These two judges are favorites to win Supreme Court nod

Kavanaugh now reportedly believes court proceedings against a sitting president should be deferred until after he or she is out of office.

MARTIN: Well, let me ask you, Senator - you say you're going to wait to see who the president taps.

In his conversations over the weekend, Trump expressed renewed interest in Hardiman _ the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly.

"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump, who named conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court a year ago, told an applauding audience in the White House East Room.

Relishing the suspense, Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. Monday announcement from the White House. Other Democrats who represent heavily Republican states will also be under pressure to support the nominee.

President Donald Trump pointed before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. "Every one, you can't go wrong". Still, Hardiman's decision could be a factor if some kind of challenge eventually makes its way to the high court. Unlike the current Justices, Hardiman doesn't have an Ivy League law degree - a fact Trump said on the 2016 presidential campaign trail was a positive factor for a potential nominee if he became President. "And I believe this person will do a great job".

He has ruled on hundreds of cases, and contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report into president Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which outlined several grounds for Clinton's impeachment. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would guide the nominee through the confirmation process, including preparing the nominee for meetings with senators. Trump is announcing his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night.

Kennedy had been considered the swing vote for the court, backing liberal views on gay rights and abortion but leaning conservatively on issues such as gun rights and campaign spending. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically".

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"I appreciate the President inviting me to attend tonight's announcement at the WH", Manchin said in the tweet.

Trump has called the Supreme Court pick "the most important decision a US president can make", and advocates say that nominating a conservative justice to replace Kennedy could overturn long-standing decisions such as Roe v. Wade.

Some opponents stressed that Trump worked off a list compiled by members of conservative legal organizations, particularly the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Americans see beyond this far left mongering. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

Mr Trump added: "He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

Reporters and camera crews are staking out the homes of the four finalists, looking for any sign of movement toward an airport, or, in Kavanaugh's case, toward the White House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said opponents were using "40-year-old scare tactics" over abortion and other issues but they "will not stop us from doing the right thing". But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

His pick will have a tough nomination battle ahead of them, with Republicans holding onto a single seat majority in the Senate, with John McCain ill and possibly unable to participate in the confirmation process.

Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection.

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