Former Arizona senator to shepherd Supreme Court nominee through confirmation process

H1 trump scotus picks

H1 trump scotus picks

Donald Trump has chosen federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for US Supreme Court Justice.

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.

Kavanaugh potentially could serve on the high court for decades. 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.

With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative.

"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' "They're good judges".

Hardiman, a one-time cab driver from Waltham, Massachusetts who was the first member of his family to attend college, served alongside Trump's older sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, on the 3rd Circuit. "Whoever is nominated, whoever he or she is, they're going to be there for a long time".

Kavanaugh, 53, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House.

Kethledge also has supporters. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.

Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Barrett, a married mother of seven and a devout Roman Catholic, is a favorite among social conservatives and conservative Christian leaders.

The appointment will not change the ideological breakdown of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but nevertheless could move the court to the right.

Some social conservative groups have warned that Kavanaugh is insufficiently conservative, citing decisions on Obamacare and abortion where they have felt that he did not go far enough in his opinions. All eyes are on the three Senate Democrats who voted for Neil Gorsuch last year - North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, Indiana's Joe Donnelly, and West Virginia's Joe Manchin - who all facing reelection this year in states where Trump won by double digits in 2016.

President Trump is reportedly considering four potential nominees.

Hardiman was the runner-up when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia previous year.

Republicans now hold a 51-seat majority and are down a vote, with GOP Sen. Gorsuch restored the court's conservative majority.

Trump has previously said he wanted "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.

Kavanaugh's views on impeachment could be controversial and of interest to Trump. The White House said Monday that John Kyl, a former Arizona senator, would guide Trump's nominee through the gruelling Senate process.

Analysts say that could have weighed in his favour with the White House, given that the Supreme Court may at some point be asked to rule on matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation.

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