CNN reported no Democrat lawmakers were in the East Room when Trump made his announcement. "I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court justices whom I have considered".
By keeping Scalia's seat open, McConnell gave Trump a head start in putting his own stamp on the high court, and the president acknowledged as much when Gorsuch was sworn in past year. The New York Times first reported McConnell's call with Trump. But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with.
President Trump is reportedly considering four potential nominees.
But at least three Democratic moderates announced they would not be attending: Sens. Kennedy ruled multiple times in favor of abortion rights during his 30-year Supreme Court tenure. A more conservative justice could move the court to the right, potentially for decades, and could potentially vote with the majority to overturn Roe v. Wade.
"My goal, first and foremost, has always been to find people to serve on the court who believe in the Constitution as it's written, and that's really what drives the conservative legal movement", Leo said. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.
The ad will be a bio spot about Kavanaugh, JCN said Monday night.
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The confirmation process has been extremely polarising in the past - perhaps none more so than that of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. But some Democrats accused him of excessive partisanship and it took three years before the Senate eventually voted to confirm him.
Kyl now works as a visiting fellow for the American enterprise institute and as senior of counsel for Covington & Burling, a high powered Washington D.C. law firm.
But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall. Trump is poised to make his announcement at 9 p.m. ET. Anti-choice right-wingers have also noted that he appears less likely than other top contenders to drastically curtail abortion rights.
That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. McConnell, who called Kavanaugh a "superb choice", hasn't explicitly said whether his goal is to complete a confirmation before the November midterm elections. Holmes was the president of Arkansas' Right to Life group and had compared abortion rights advocates to Nazis.
The conservative Judicial Crisis Network is set to launch a $1.4 million ad buy on behalf of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp..."
In a statement delivered at the White House in front of reporters, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and more, POTUS revealed his pick, which comes just two weeks after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Meanwhile, 24 percent bet on Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and 7 percent bet on Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi.
Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings past year.