While President Trump has made his loyalty to corporations and disdain for women and minorities known over the past 18 months, the confirmation of a justice who shares his loyalties will leave a permanent imbalance on the court and could erode the rights of millions.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.
Neil Gorsuch, 50, who was appointed by Mr Trump previous year, is already one of the most conservative of the court's nine justices. He was then sworn in by Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2006, according to the Associated Press.
Each choice represented a shift to the right compared to Kennedy, who has often cast a swing vote between conservatives and liberals on the nine-member bench.
Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Kavanaugh's selection was met with predictable reaction from both Republicans and Democrats. That decision was overturned by the full appeals court and she had the abortion. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.
Republicans hold a razor-thin majority, and given GOP Sen.
"Again, based on what I'm hearing about Judge Kavanaugh, I encourage my Congressional colleagues in the Senate to quickly confirm him". She later became a prosecutor and a judge in Maryland.
"Let's say it's the four people", Trump told reporters on Sunday. "Yes, I think he'll be confirmed", Napolitano said.
Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler wrote in a blog post last night that Kavanaugh makes federal agencies "do their homework" but is not an "anti-regulatory zealot". In the case decided Monday that had to do with attorneys' fees, there would be no majority if Kavanaugh were to withdraw.
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All three states lean heavily Republican. And the Senate's top Democrat said the nomination puts abortion rights and health care protections for women "on the judicial chopping block".
Kavanaugh's experience includes assisting Bush in the historic 2000 Florida recount that saw the Texas governor confirmed President of the United States by the Supreme Court over Al Gore in the landmark Bush v. Gore decision.
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"As the Senator from West Virginia, I have a constitutional obligation to advise and consent on a nominee to fill Supreme Court vacancies and I take that responsibility seriously".
As sterling as Kavanaugh's pedigree and credentials are, his confirmation won't be a walk in the park.
The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.
Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa.
In his dozen years on the court, Kavanaugh has been involved in some 286 opinions. He cites involvement of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in drafting the list. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee. Jon Kyl., R-Ariz., will accompany the nominee during visits to individual senators. The two have supported access to abortion services.
"Kavanaugh has proven to be a staunch conservative who has relied on originalism and textualism while serving on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit". When the announcement is made, the campaign will kick off. Joe Manchin and North Dakota Sen.
The group started advertising after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Democrats are expected to draw from the Starr report Kavanaugh helped write to criticize Trump - the report argued a president could be impeached for lying to staff or misleading the public. "You can't go wrong". Kavanaugh also led the probe into the suicide of Clinton's Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster.