Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch standing with his wife Louise as his nominee for the Supreme Court. A family separation crisis of

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They may need every Republican senator to secure the seat without Democratic help.

"Like Gorsuch, Judge Kavanaugh is brilliant, fair and independent, committed to following the law and honoring the Constitution". "We who believe that a woman has the right to make her own medical decisions, we now must fight!" He said that might mean it could take more time to generate the same level of conservative enthusiasm behind them.

Kennedy's retirement left a hole for Trump to fill smack in the middle of the deeply divided court, where all nine justices tend to vote the way the presidents who nominated them expected. Trump's tax cuts will fade with time, regulations erased by this president can be rewritten by the next one, spats with foreign leaders can be patched up, but judicial appointments - and their court rulings - endure for decades. Service in the George W. Bush administration.

Kavanaugh spoke at length about his family.

Kavanaugh, 53, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised to push for confirmation with similar speed.

Pro-life advocates are cheering the president's choice.

"Mr. President I am grateful to you and I'm humbled by your confidence in me", Kavanaugh said to Trump. However, the Associated Press reported Sunday that Trump had expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when the president nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia a year ago. He noted that he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he was hired by former dean Elena Kagan, appointed by Obama to the Supreme Court in 2010. Some see him still as the leading candidate.

Kavanaugh offered remarks after being announced by Trump.

He further said that no one in America is more qualified and deserving for the position than Kavanaugh.

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If Barrett is not selected this time, White House officials said she would remain on the list for a future vacancy.

So let the Mueller probe be blocked, and let the dirges play for abortion rights, affirmative action and possibly same-sex marriage. But at the moment, it is liberals who are focused on making this a galvanizing issue. ABC and CBS went with messages that Trump was announcing his nominee, and added Kavanaugh's name when the judge joined Trump onstage. Bob Casey, D- Pa., has already expressed his disapproval of Trump's decision. "So I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation more than anything else". If JCS is accurate, Chief Justice John Roberts will become both the chief and the court's new median justice.

Three of those largely rural state Democrats, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted to confirm Trump's previous Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

While public polling on abortion finds support for a number of potential abortion restrictions, the popularity of Roe itself remains high. "He doesn't want anyone messing up the show". - Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.

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.

Since the 2016 campaign, Trump has made his process for picking Supreme Court justices fairly transparent.

Fifty-one senators would have to vote of Kavanaugh's nomination for him to be confirmed.

Sources tell Fox News that Sen.

A group of Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states - lawmakers who could be pivotal in the confirmation fight - declined Trump's invitation to attend the White House announcement.

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