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"An exceptional person will be chosen". "He made a point at the start of my clerkship to invite my parents down for a visit and that made such an impression on my dad", Mascott said. The Casey court did impose some restrictions on abortion rights and Democrats worry that overruling Roe will hurt women.

A third finalist, Amy Comey Barrett, was seen at her home in IN just a few hours before Trump was set to unveil his nominee at a White House ceremony. Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice.

"It's far from "a red herring" when Rudy Giuliani is saying [Trump] will not be interviewed - the president will refuse to talk to Robert Mueller or his team unless he is given evidence of a crime", Blumenthal said.

Trump previous year appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former president Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

White House sources later admitted to leaving reporters with the impression that Hardiman would be there.

"The Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty", he said.

The White House wants Kavanaugh to be in place by October 1, when the court's next term formally opens, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote to confirm Kennedy's successor in the fall. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House.

Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination. "I was a law clerk to [former Justice Harry Blackmun]".

The Senate then debates the nomination, and by a majority vote (51 votes), it can confirm the nomination.

Hardiman, who turned 53 on Sunday, lost out to Gorsuch in 2017. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81. Given Trump's known habit of leaning on family ties and valuing loyalty above all, that could be decisive.

Currently, the 100-seat Senate is controlled by the Republican Party, with 51 seats, but Democrats are likely to produce huge pressure to sway Republican senators to vote against Judge Kavanaugh.

As a candidate, Trump vowed to appoint judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

He was eventually confirmed but he described his experience as a "high tech lynching for uppity blacks who deign to think for themselves". "And I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months".

He has joined with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito to serve as judges in mock trials to benefit the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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As promised, Trump made his pick from a list of more than two dozen potential nominees drawn up with the help from conservative legal activists at The Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation. The 2018 midterm elections just became the most consequential elections of our lifetime, and we must seize the opportunity to pull the emergency brake on this regime. All three voted in favor of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the president "outsourced" his decision to the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, which first helped Trump compile a list of 25 prospective Supreme Court justices during the 2016 campaign.

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade, because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", Collins said on CNN Sunday.