Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

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Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Sources have told NPR that those four finalists are all USA appeals court judges; Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

They are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to wait until after the November election to schedule a hearing and vote.

Kavanaugh now serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". Gorsuch, who worked at the Justice Department in 2005 and 2006, had a smaller set of executive branch documents for review.

Hardiman had a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent". "Given his background and record, I am confident Judge Kavanaugh will make an extraordinary justice who will adhere to America's constitutional principles and protect our freedoms".

Some conservatives are disappointed with President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh in 2009 changed his tune on the Starr probe, arguing that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office. Trump told reporters on Sunday that he is "very close to making a decision" and all four people on the list are "excellent".

"The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguarding of the crown jewel of our republic, the Constitution of the United States", Trump said.

The nominee announcement came after weeks of speculation as to who would fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, after almost 30 years on the bench. The new majority will not invent new rights, but it will be busy protecting old ones, such as the Fifth Amendment's right not to have property taken without compensation.

Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

As a Democrat in a red state, Jones faces more pressure to support the President than other Democrats in the Senate already opposing Trump's potential nominee.

Kyl's registered lobbying clients this year have included Qualcomm Inc., JW Aluminum, mining company Freeport-McMoRan, the Coalition for American Retirement and the private equity investor Gordon Sondland, who is co-founder of Aspen Capital, according to congressional lobbying disclosures.

"President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Bush said in a statement. "One thing he asked the class was if you had an interview with a person and were considering them for a Supreme Court nomination, what questions would you ask?" recalled Kirby Thomas West, a 2015 Harvard Law School graduate.

Trump has previously said he wanted "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights. He has ruled against voting rights. The decision would have allowed the government to delay the abortion while it sought a sponsor for the teen, but was reversed when appealed to the full appeals court, where Kavanaugh also wrote a dissent.

Trump is scheduled to announce his decision at 9 p.m. Monday, and it is unclear how much of the last-minute maneuvering is geared to keeping the president's choice a secret.

Despite the rhetoric, abortion rights are unlikely to be removed.

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