Trump announces Supreme Court pick

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After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, President Donald Trump decided on federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his second nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further to the right.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a "brilliant jurist".

"Well, there are three things he looks at: One is being extraordinarily well-qualified". He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president.

"I'm very close to making a final decision".

President Trump is reportedly considering four potential nominees. "I urge my Senate colleagues to swiftly confirm his nomination", Banks said in a statement about the judge for the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and former Kennedy law clerk. Trump made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon (NZ time).

Hardiman has a tale Republicans like McConnell love: a former taxi driver from the key swing state of Pennsylvania who comes with the recommendation of fellow 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh, questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

But his supporters note his experience and a wide range of legal opinions.

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

Some Republican senators had favored other options. Rand Paul raised alarm bells about Kavanaugh and Maine Sen. "And so I am pretty, pretty excited", said Cornyn.

Indiana's Donnelly and Democratic Sens. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states.

That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen.

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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Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues.

Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers.

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump past year.

He wrote a Minnesota law review article in 2009 arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.

Trump defeated Clinton's wife, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential election and has disparaged both Clintons. The New York Times reports she says she would like to see the scope of abortion rights changed. Aside from Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Kagan and Gorsuch, the other justices on the court are conservatives John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas and liberal Stephen Breyer.

That means Kavanaugh is not a stranger to tough confirmation fights.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013. The White House hoped to keep the details under wraps until he rolls out his pick from the East Room. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also received a heads-up from the president. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said during Kavanaugh's 2006 confirmation hearing.

Kavanaugh's nomination was met overall with cheers from conservatives but it wasn't unanimous. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the GOP nominee challenging McCaskill this fall, released a campaign ad this week targeting her over the coming Supreme Court fight.

Some of the protesters got on 5th Ave. and laid down on the roadway in front of Trump Tower.

After about 30 minutes, some of the protesters, including Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams, were arrested.

"The four that are mentioned, they're all really outstanding people", Hatch said.

Barrett has been somewhat dismissive of the notion of following Supreme Court precedents, the doctrine known as stare decisis.

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