Here Are Trump’s Reported ‘Final Four’ Picks for Supreme Court Justice

Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

Kavanaugh is a former clerk to Anthony Kennedy, and was the principle author of the Ken Starr report on Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. Kavanaugh will need to be confirmed by a majority of the Senate before taking his place as one of the nine Supreme Court justices.

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce Monday his nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the nation's highest court.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.

Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome.

Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch. At the top of that list is abortion.

A judge more conservative than Kennedy could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court decision establishing a woman's right to abortion. In a case in which an undocumented minor in USA custody sought an abortion, he wrote in his dissent that requiring the Trump administration to assist the teenager would not recognize the government's "permissible interest in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor and refraining from facilitating abortion". Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. Kavanaugh said Monday that he remained "grateful" to his prospective new colleague.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring from the Senate in January 2013. The justices who remain on the court include three who have backed broad abortion restrictions and a fourth, Gorsuch, who in all likelihood would.

The calm before the semi-final storm
For the occasion they have decorated their shop, the Taste Croatia deli in Borough Market, with both England and Croatian flags. Kane recalls with affection the buzz from watching past tournaments, dreaming one day of pulling on the England jersey.

The president has spent the days leading up to the decision mulling the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies.

A senior White House official said Trump made his final decision on the nomination Sunday evening, then phoned Kavanaugh to inform him.

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones posted on Twitter Monday night. Kavanaugh's vetting process will probably take even longer due to the extensive paper trail that he generated during his long legal career thus far, creating a golden opportunity for Senate Democrats to seize upon. He was succeeded by Republican Jeff Flake in 2012 and is now senior counsel at Covington & Burling, the powerhouse bipartisan law and lobbying firm that boasts not just Kyl but also the likes of former Democratic Rep. Howard Berman of California and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Two female Republican senators - Maine Sen. Kavanaugh responded that if confirmed, he would "follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully".

Blumenthal told Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that the public supports abortion rights.

Carrie Severino, the policy director of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network group, which is spending millions on advertising to pressure Senate Democrats in red states to back Trump's nominee, said she is not concerned about Collins. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

"Judge Kavanaugh routinely rules against working families, regularly rejects the right of employees to receive employer-provided health care in the workplace, too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace and promotes overturning well-established U.S. Supreme Court precedent", said the AFL-CIO in a press release. He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi. Jennifer Mascott, a law professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School in Virginia, said she naturally reached out to Kavanaugh after her father died.

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