The commander-in-chief announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he would name a nominee to serve on the highest federal court in the United States at 6 p.m. PT Monday night. "Let's just say it's the four people". I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock, and we're all gonna be meeting at 9 o'clock. Dobson said as he waited for Trump's announcement Monday: "I like the job that he's done".
"Red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision, and I hope that every Republican will rally behind these picks because they're all outstanding", Sen.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said Trump's choice "could have a bigger effect on Americans' daily lives than any justice in our lifetime". Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that by picking Kavanaugh, Trump is delivering on his pledge to "punish" women for their choices.
Leonard Leo, who took leave from the Federalist Society to advise Trump on the nomination process, told ABC's "This Week" that Trump could line up conservative support for any of the four picks.
Democrats are certain to press Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, a decision some conservatives - particularly conservative Christians - have long wanted to overturn.
Speaking at the White House, Kavanaugh pledged to preserve the Constitution and said that "a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".
The GOP's focus on the judiciary has been sharpened by their narrow 51-49 Senate majority, which has made passing legislation hard. As I like to say to my law clerks and my students, we should not strain to find ambiguity in clarity.
"Most of the time Kennedy swung to the conservative side, especially on questions of the limits of congressional power, the First Amendment, and the Second Amendment", Burrus, who also is managing editor of the Cato Supreme Court Review, tells VOA.
"The president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here", Blunt said. We could see hearings as soon as next month.
The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer.
And Franklin doesn't think evangelical ardor for Trump will die down now that their goal of a conservative majority on the court seems to have been achieved: "If anything, it throws fuel on the fire".
Kavanaugh has been a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006.
Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked to have the inside track within the White House last week but may have hit a snag.
Judge Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to have an abortion.
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.
But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.
The circuit court judge has also argued in support of the NSA's massive surveillance program.
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.