How to watch the SCOTUS announcement online

How to watch the SCOTUS announcement online

How to watch the SCOTUS announcement online

In the run-up to his announcement, the president had targeted four top contenders from a list of 25 administration-approved judges, former judges and one member of Congress, as curated by Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society and Trump's top Supreme Court adviser.

Kavanaugh also offered a nod to the Supreme Court justice he's expected to replace, saying "the framers established that the Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty".

Some Republican senators had favored other options. It's something he's been working on for a long time.

"I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues", he said on ABC's "This Week".

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.

Mr Trump added: "He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

Almost 100 other judicial nominees are awaiting Senate confirmation. "She wrote that "there is little reason to think that reversals [of past decisions] would do much damage" to the court's reputation".

The newcomers to the bench follow a type. "Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack".

On the issues, Kavanaugh seems to tick numerous boxes of interest to Trump, who included him on a list of potential Supreme Court picks published by the White House in November 2017. Ten are women, nine of them white.

But to many evangelical voters, that was their goal all along, and they were celebrating Monday night, feeling it was one big step closer. So it's in the president's interest to pick someone who can be confirmed quickly. Almost 42 percent were women — the highest share of female judicial appointments of any president.

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".

She's the reproductive rights program director at the Progress Florida Education Institute. "This probably is the most extremist slate of judges we've ever seen".

On Monday evening, Kavanaugh said he was "humbled" to have been selected by Trump.

A handful of Senate Democrats running for re-election in states that Trump won handily in 2016 could face a hard vote on the court nominee, potentially providing Republicans with an additional buffer if they decide to support the president.

Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director at the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, says, "It's something that's viewed across the Republican and libertarian base as a huge accomplishment".

Prior to Trump's announcement, Republicans Sens. Democrats remain livid over the move to this day, calling it a stolen seat. The judge said that data requests from the government were reasonable for national security. He praised McConnell for recognizing "this is important". So the reality, you know, as we've said, is that all these potential nominees have been vetted by conservative groups and have a conservative track record. This is Trump's second Supreme Court nominee.

A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Kavanaugh is a "superb" Supreme Court pick and that senators should "put partisanship aside" in considering him.

With Republicans hoping to confirm a justice before the court resumes its session in October, as well as prior to the upcoming midterm congressional election in November, "Trump did not move too fast in naming a nominee", says Trevor Burrus, a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies.

"I think it's paid off", Jennings said.

Kavanaugh dissented from his court's 2011 conclusion that Obamacare, a law detested by conservatives, did not violate the U.S. Constitution, asserting that it was premature to decide the case's merits.

Tanden told the conference that controlling the courts was essential to protect the rights of minorities.

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