Judge Amy Barrett from 'Handmaid' sect in Supreme Court running

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Trump, who is expected to reveal his nominee in the coming days, stressed in his weekly presidential address that the next Supreme Court justice should reject judicial activism and policy-making from the bench. Viewed warily by his party's conservative base, Trump has been keen to note that all of his picks have been vetted by conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

According to National Public Radio (NPR), President Trump has reduced the names of the potential nominees to three judges - Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge.

Trump's process has echoes of his search for a Supreme Court justice past year - he eventually nominated Neil M. Gorsuch - and his consideration of a running mate during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Because there's so much attention on Roe, it'll be much harder for them to back someone who just says, 'Oh, I'll give all due deference to precedent'". In his decade on the circuit court, Kavanaugh has sent the highest number of young lawyers to Supreme Court clerkships and has been bipartisan in his dealings, offering clerks to every justice on the high court except for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Because she was just confirmed, we know that constitutionalists and conservatives backed her; we know the Senate leadership fought for her confirmation with press conferences, floor speeches, and the final vote. "I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two". We are calling for a "personal liberty standard", that the Senate must only confirm a justice who affirmatively declares that they believe the Constitution protects individual liberty and the right of all people to make personal decisions about their bodies and their personal relationships, including the right to use contraception, the right to have an abortion, and the freedom to marry who you choose.

In this May 7, 2008, image from video provided by C-SPAN, Raymond Kethledge testifies during his confirmation hearing for the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court on Capitol Hill in Washington. But the second time around, Murkowski could prove to be more hard for the White House to get a solid yes. Even as White House counsel Donald McGahn fiercely guarded information about the candidate interviews and Trump's leanings, the president was engaging with the freewheeling loop of boosters, lawmakers and confidants that he has long counted on for political gut checks.

With the Senate narrowly divided, 51-49, in favor of Republicans, Trump's announcement will set off a contentious confirmation process as Republicans seek to shift the court to the right and Democrats strive to block that effort.

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Kavanaugh previously served as a law clerk for Kennedy, an independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation, and as senior associate counsel and assistant to the president in the Bush administration. Politico notes that she will need wide margins in St. Louis and Kansas City to beat a Republican again in the state.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School, where he adopted numerous views of late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Additionally, three Democrats - including Donnelly and Manchin - supported Barrett when Trump nominated her to the bench previous year.

"If Democrats tried to go anti-Catholic with her, that'd backfire and we know it", said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.).

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his 2007 memoir that his journey to the high court included being escorted through a tunnel to a windowless office, where he was left to himself for a while and then through his interview with George H.W. Bush and into a weekend not knowing.

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