GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

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If confirmed, Kavanaugh would be a reliable fifth conservative vote on the court, potentially deciding the future of Roe v. Wade and dozens of other huge legal cases. "I look forward to meeting with him in the coming weeks as he goes through a fair and thorough evaluation process".

"This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind", said Sen.

Trump himself has always been suspected of connections to Russian money laundering through his many real estate deals, according to an investigation by New Yorker Magazine reporter Adam Davidson, who reported that Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been looking closely at Trump's history of real estate deals involving Russians. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court. The vetting process, he said, is "going to be thorough and going to be done right".

Trump said in the wake of Kennedy's retirement that he would not be asking potential justices about Roe v. Wade. He added: "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving". But if this couldn't be done without amending the U.S. Constitution, there are some alternatives.

"From the moment of the announcement to the confirmation vote, it will be a highly intense time communicating to a handful of a senators and their constituents", Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, told Politico.

The rollout will be modeled on the seamless presentation in January 2017 of the President's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, in what was undeniably one of his most successful and most well-managed moments as President.

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That means, in this Supreme Court fight, unified opposition will be essential - even if it falls short of being successful. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat whose vote on Kavanaugh could be pivotal on the Senate floor.

Their confirmation is expected to shape the Supreme Court for many years to come.

As aides prepared for a prime time announcement Monday, Trump tweeted: "I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice - Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M".

"He wants a court that will fight to uphold Citizens United and allow unlimited money in our political system, but not for a loving same-sex couple to join together in marriage", he continued.

As a corrective measure, perhaps we should limit the term of Supreme Court justices to 18 years and stagger their terms so that a new justice gets appointed every two years.

Outside groups are also waging a battle for Kavanaugh's documents.

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However, candidate Trump in 2016 called overturning the ruling that legalized abortion a "litmus test", stating that it will happen if he got to choose two or three new members of the court.

President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing ceremony for the "Right to Try Act" at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Building on May 30, 2018. He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public.

Other elected officials and political leaders shared their views of the nomination in emailed statements. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may not be able to participate in the confirmation process.

Jane Timken, chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party, praised the nomination.

While the President's choice of Gorsuch to replace Scalia ensured the iconic conservative justice was replaced with another person highly regarded by conservatives, the vacancy created by Kennedy has given Trump the opportunity to replace a frequent swing vote with a conservative name.

"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said.

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President Trump is set to announce his second Supreme Court nominee.