President Donald Trump Announces His Supreme Justice Nominee

"I am pleased to say I have found without doubt such a person", Trump said as he announced Kavanaugh's nomination at the White House Monday evening.

President Trump's top outside adviser on his Supreme Court nomination said he's "very confident" Republicans can "get anybody confirmed", but a leading Democratic senator suggested that the president is making himself "a puppet" by selecting a Supreme Court nominee from a list compiled by conservative groups.

Although Trump said during the campaign he would appoint anti-abortion judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, he said he would not ask candidates about whether they think the ruling should be reversed.

Kavanaugh's views on presidential power and abortion are expected to draw particular attention in his confirmation hearing.

At one point Tuesday, when the nominee was upstairs meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, vulnerable North Dakota Sen.

Some Democrats were attacking Judge Brett Kavanaugh before they even knew he was Trump's nominee. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".

Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale.

His staff later defended him by saying that Kyl's comment "was not meant to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, a organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions".

By Monday Barrett, at 46 the youngest and the only woman of the four, was being widely discounted due to her relative inexperience and her strong views as a social and religious conservative. He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi. He also recognized Justice Antonin Scalia's wife Maureen, and Edwin Meese, President Reagan's attorney general, who was also in attendance. He lost to Justice Neil Gorsuch. He has ruled against voting rights.

But his court record and his status as a Beltway insider could also pose problems for the 53-year-old judge.

The nominee likely faces a contentious confirmation battle. For instance, his ties to former President George W. Bush, who appointed him - that could potentially be seen as too establishment for President Trump.

Two other candidates for the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Raymond Kethledge - were not the focus of Trump's morning discussions, according to those familiar with the discussions. "Hargan_-2017-U.S. -App. -LEXIS-20711.pdf">tried unsuccessfully to block an undocumented minor from getting an abortion, writing that allowing the procedure created a "new right ... to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

Kethledge, 51, sits on the Sixth Circuit appeals court. The barn office has no internet connection and uses a wood stove for heat. He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published previous year called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude".

"They need to understand that their entire political career will be haunted by their vote on Brett Kavanaugh", Wikler said. His mother, Martha, became a Maryland state judge a quarter-century ago.

The list of 25 includes Indian American judge Amul Thapar.

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