Trump savors big reveal for Supreme Court pick

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The last-minute jockeying by lawmakers and other political stakeholders played right into the reality show-like gamesmanship surrounding President Trump's choice for Supreme Court nominee - right down to a blast from the past re-emerging on Trump's list of finalists.

Kyl also was the sherpa in the confirmation battle over Trump's pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions - a favorite of anti-immigrant hardliners of the right.

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate.

A George W. Bush appointee to his current position, Kavanaugh had worked as counsel and staff secretary in the White House before his nomination. For lawmakers who are not on the Judiciary Committee, it may be their only chance to talk with the nominee personally before a final vote. "I look forward to meeting the nominee in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience, judicial philosophy & perspective on access to healthcare for WVians with pre-existing conditions".

MSNBC's Joy Reid said on Sunday that the decision could lead to the "erosion" of everything from workers and voting rights to affirmative action. Republicans hold a 51-seat majority in the Senate, which would be sufficient to put him on the high court if all GOP senators support him.

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Macias says there is nothing to indicate that Judge Kavanaugh would be "full blown" pro-choice member of the court.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal judge last fall - excited social conservatives since she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has tried to warn the president through gentle nudging that Hardiman and Kethledge would be the safest choices for confirmation. Whoever is picked will face opposition from Democrats.

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Several in that group - which include Sens.

Trump during his campaign in 2016 said he would appoint justices who would overturn the landmark 1973 decision that said women have a constitutional right to an abortion.

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After being announced as the nominee by Trump Monday, Kavanaugh said he would "keep an open mind in every case and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law".

The conservative Judicial Crisis Network made clear Monday they consider this fight even more substantial than the one to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Demand Justice, a liberal group formed to counter JCN's influence, has not committed to a particular dollar figure but has placed ads in Alaska and ME targeting Murkowski and Collins. "But we're very close to making a decision". And then McConnell has said he'd like to see someone confirmed before the court returns in early October. Ben Wikler, Washington director for MoveOn, promised a "massive grass-roots mobilization" akin to the effort that met the GOP's ACA repeal push a year ago.

McConnell reportedly spoke often to Trump and White House general counsel Don McGahn throughout the selection process and was anxious about the vast number of documents Kavanaugh had amassed during his 12 years on the D.C. appeals court could prove problematic.

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