Trump Making Supreme Court Pick to Cement Conservative Majority

President Donald Trump announces Judge Neil Gorsuch standing with his wife Louise as his nominee for the Supreme Court on Jan. 31 2017 in the East Room of the White House. On Monday Trump will unveil his choice to fill the seat being vacated by Justi

Pres. Trump: 'Very Close' To Making Final Supreme Court Pick

The New York Times first reported McConnell's call with Trump.

Any of the candidates on Trump's short list would probably move the court to the right.

Trump's eagerness to tease maximum drama out of the nomination he promised Sunday that an "exceptional person will be chosen" has drawn criticism from opposition ranks. But she famously clashed with Senator Dianne Feinstein during her confirmation hearing a year ago to be an appeals court judge.

Kavanaugh teaches courses on the separation of powers, the Supreme Court, and national security at Harvard Law School and Yale Law School, and does charitable work at St. Maria's Meals program at Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C., according to his official biography. Multiple sources told ABC News that as of Sunday, the final four individuals Trump was considering for the vacancy were Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman, all federal appeals court judges.

The president's announcement came with fanfare in the east room of the White House with Trump's wife, Melania, Vice-President Mike Pence and several senators in attendance.

In later years, Kavanaugh said that Clinton should not have had to face down an investigation during his presidency.

Kavanaugh, who emphasized his Roman Catholic faith in his appearance with Trump at the White House on Monday, said in a dissent that the full court was embracing "a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in US government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

If the nomination is delayed and Democrats capture an extra seat in the Senate in November elections, Trump could be forced to compromise with liberals in order to fill Kennedy's seat. "Whoever is nominated, whoever he or she is, if they're confirmed, they're going to be there for a long time".

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His extensive record on the bench and in prior Washington jobs means the 53-year-old conservative federal appeals court judge promises to attract a barrage of questions during what is likely to be a contentious U.S. Senate confirmation process. Given Trump's known habit of leaning on family ties and valuing loyalty above all, that could be decisive.

The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49.

"One Republican senator can decide the fate of any Supreme Court nominee", said Sen.

Kavanaugh's work on the Starr report has been scrutinized by Republicans who have said it could pose trouble for the president as he negotiates with special counsel Robert Mueller over the terms of a possible interview related to Mueller's Russian Federation probe. "I don't think my role is to rubber-stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either". "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months".

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right. The court's senior liberal justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is 85.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a "brilliant jurist".

Trump plans to unveil his choice on television Monday at 9 p.m. Democrats may have a tough time putting up a procedural fight in the Senate, though, after Republicans in 2017 triggered the so-called "nuclear option" that allowed them to end Democratic filibustering of then-nominee Gorsuch by a simple majority vote, as opposed to the 60 votes previously required.

Trump and McConnell have been in frequent contact since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would be stepping down from the court.

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