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Two candidates on President Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees federal appeals court Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett were singled out for praise by Leonard Leo a top legal adviser to the president indicating they

Two candidates on President Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees federal appeals court Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett were singled out for praise by Leonard Leo a top legal adviser to the president indicating they

Top contenders have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

US President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a tumultuous confirmation battle over the future direction of the nation's highest court.

There's so much at stake with Donald Trump's pick.

Departing his New Jersey golf club on Sunday afternoon, Trump told reporters he was still making up his mind. "It's - well, let's just say it's the four people".

But to many evangelical voters, that was their goal all along, and they were celebrating Monday night, feeling it was one big step closer. He went to the University of Notre Dame as the first person in his family to go to college.

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style. Another potential mark against her is she's pretty new to the federal bench.

Speaking at the White House, Kavanaugh pledged to preserve the Constitution and said that "a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".

Anticipation was high on Capitol Hill in the hours leading up to the announcement.

The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Any Senator who is serious about protecting the environment and fighting climate change must vote against confirmation. He might also be asked to sit in on the meetings or help guide the conversations behind closed doors. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

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. Judge Kavanaugh is relatively young, meaning he could serve for decades to come.

Because Republicans got rid of the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court nominees a year ago, Democrats don't have the ability to block whoever Trump picks on their own. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court. But, the officials said, McConnell did note that Hardiman and Kethledge could fare well in the Senate because their reputations and records were not as politically charged as others on the president's shortlist of nominees.

MCCAMMON: Yeah, 9 Eastern time tonight is when the White House says the news will be coming out. She no longer hears cases. He is 51, and among all the reported shortlisters, he is the only non-Catholic. Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare. While Kavanaugh was framed as the more "establishment" conservative pick of the other candidates, various Republicans had phoned President Trump last week to voice their objections over his potential nomination, including a 2011 opinion where he declined to rule the Obamacare health insurance mandate as unconstitutional. Barrett is Catholic and was better known as a professor at Notre Dame before being named a federal judge a year ago. She was a law clerk for Scalia. And Feinstein's question was criticized as anti-Catholic. In all, there are more than 150 vacancies on the courts. All three are Republican targets for the confirmation vote: They all supported Gorsuch and come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.

Trump is said to have particularly liked Hardiman's life story.

Hardiman serves on the same court as Maryanne Barry Trump, which is based in Philadelphia. Barrett was appointed by Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a year ago.

A photo of Kavanaugh appearing chummy with former Bush political strategist Karl Rove, who has been critical of Trump, has been tweeted around by Trump supporters.

If the nomination is delayed and Democrats capture an extra seat in the Senate in November elections, Trump could be forced to compromise with liberals in order to fill Kennedy's seat.

Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three. "I think these are judges who have been vetted, they've received votes, they've received, in many cases, bipartisan support". I'm open to voting no. Doug Jones of Alabama.

In brief remarks, Kavanaugh, 53, described himself as "deeply honoured" and said: "Mr President, throughout this process I have witnessed your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary".

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