Supreme court nominee: Trump to announce Kennedy replacement

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Top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, said the deck was already stacked when Mr. Trump consulted with the Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation to create a list of 25 judges to fill future vacancies on the highest court. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.

President Donald Trump pointed before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. The court could also be called upon to render judgment on issues of personal significance to Trump and his administration including matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation and several civil lawsuits pending against Trump.

President Donald Trump nominated Barrett, and the Senate confirmed her on October 31, 2017, to the federal bench.

Recent developments underline the shrewdness of Trump's campaign team, which published a list of potential court nominees with stellar conservative credentials before he faced off against Hillary Clinton. In the Senate, Republicans hold a slim 51-49 advantage. Jon Kyl of Arizona would guide the nominee through the Senate confirmation process.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring from the Senate in January 2013.

McConnell's office has stressed that it took about two months each to get Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Gorsuch through, and they warn Kavanaugh's background and work in Washington could slow confirmation.

Regardless of what red-state Democrats decide, Republicans are confident that they can pass whomever Mr. Trump nominates.

Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes. Barry served alongside Hardiman as a federal appeals judge on the 3rd Circuit before stepping down past year.

Every Republican voted past year to confirm Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who filled the vacancy left on the court by the late Antonin Scalia. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime time TV at the White House. He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi.

Kavanaugh, 53, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights.

Barrett was appointed by Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previous year.

Barrett, on the other hand, has become a favorite of religious conservatives because of her thorny confirmation hearing to the federal bench a year ago.

According to NBC News, many advocates for LGBTQ rights and civil rights have expressed concerns about the president's alleged shortlist of nominees, especially since they will be replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was an important swing vote in many cases.

"I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here", added Sen.

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