Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says

Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says

Barrett, 46, has the least judicial experience of the four, with only eight months as a judge after spending most of her career as a conservative legal scholar.

The South Carolina Republican's comments come as the president said he would announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday.

President Trump has decided on his nominee for the Supreme Court, a source with knowledge of the search told Fox News, though the name of the pick still is not known.

Yet the focus on abortion fails to do justice to the sweeping changes that could be unleashed over time by a solidly conservative court. They must defend 10 seats in the Senate in states that President Trump won. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NPR's Morning Edition.

He said, "Mr. President, thank you".

"Bob Casey's opposition to President Trump's nominee before he or she has even been named shows he has given up any pretense of being a moderate voice", said NRSC Spokesman Bob Salera in an emailed release. I want to play a little clip of Senator Lindsey Graham here.

Over the weekend, it looked like Judge Kavanaugh's star may have been fading, that perhaps he had too-close ties to the Bush family for Mr Trump's liking.

On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service.

"I will oppose the nomination the President will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests", Casey said in a statement on his website. After a stint in private practice, Kavanaugh then joined the George W. Bush White House as an associate counsel and then as an assistant to the president. Eastern time during a prime-time address in the White House's East Room.

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"No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination".

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

MARTIN: Although the four people who are on the short list are said to be people who would be potentially nominated by any Republican nominee. Whatever they decide will upset a large group of voters in their home states.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them". "But in my respectful judgment, deciding the constitutional issues in this case at this time would contravene an important and long-standing federal statute, the Anti-Injunction Act, which carefully limits the jurisdiction of federal courts over tax-related matters". I've always gone in there assuming that the judge - he's going to make up their mind based on the facts and what they hear, not based on a political litmus test requires.

LEAHY: Well, I think the litmus test is what the president said.

Kavanaugh beat out three other contenders and federal judges for the nomination, including Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman and Raymond Kethledge, to secure Trump's second nomination to the country's highest court. While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee.

MARTIN: Does - that means that you would not support an all-out Democratic ban of the nominee.

The first-term senator was one of just three Democratic Senators who voted to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court selection, Neil Gorsuch, last year. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court". But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee. Is there a chance they might break ranks and vote for the nominee?

California Senator Kamala Harris announced she is already team #NoKavanaugh.

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