President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

President Donald Trump announces Judge Neil Gorsuch standing with his wife Louise as his nominee for the Supreme Court on Jan. 31 2017 in the East Room of the White House. On Monday Trump will unveil his choice to fill the seat being vacated by Justi

Trump weighs top picks for Supreme Court amid last-minute maneuvering

"Bob Casey was for Judge Hardiman before he was against him, showing yet again that Casey will oppose anything President Trump does, even if it means contradicting himself", Barletta said in a statement.

Amid July 8 television talk-show buzz about President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nominee announcement, Republicans expressed optimism that the Senate will confirm any of the likely candidates the president puts forth.

Kavanaugh, who emphasized his Roman Catholic faith in his appearance with Trump at the White House on Monday, said in a dissent that the full court was embracing "a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in USA government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

During his remarks, President Trump touted his previous Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, who replaced the late-Justice Antonin Scalia a year ago.

After less than two weeks of deliberations, Trump is set to announce Monday at 9 p.m. ET his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that could well affect the court, and Americans' constitutional rights, for a generation. McConnell said Kavanaugh believes judges should ignore their personal and political views and simply "interpret our laws as they are written".

If confirmed, the nominee will create a clear conservative majority on the nation's highest court for generations to come.

Previously, the three front-runners for the nomination have been seen as Kavanaugh, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Michigan's Kethledge, from the 6th Circuit; and Indiana's Barrett, from the 7th Circuit. Top candidates include Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett, according to reports.

"She's really outstanding", Hatch said.

Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick
President Donald Trump has narrowed his choice down to four candidates ahead of Monday's nomination announcement - his second U.S. Before retiring in 2013, Kyl was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be the first to consider the nomination.

Presidents weigh all sorts of considerations in deciding on a Supreme Court nominee, often beginning with the big question: Will the choice be confirmed by the Senate? "I think these are judges who have been vetted, they've received votes, they've received, in many cases, bipartisan support".

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. Kavanaugh would be the second appointment under Trump, further cementing a conservative-leaning Supreme Court.

It began when Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, then the Senate majority leader, changed the rules of the Senate. Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked to have the inside track within the White House last week but may have hit a snag.

"Well, I think it's a little too early to be talking about legacy", McConnell said with a smile as he left the Senate chamber. But four Democrats from states Trump won in 2016 voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago, leaving the Republicans room for error.

The president, though, is operating with 50 Republican votes and a very legitimate possibility no Democrats will flip, but Sen. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee.

"Trump will not be president", former President Obama said.

In October, the Supreme Court is expected to hear cases on tech issues again, including an antitrust argument over Apple's App Store. Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings on divisive social issues like abortion and gay rights, a practice his replacement may not duplicate.

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