What to Expect in Supreme Court Confirmation Battle

Local expert speaks about Trump's Supreme Court pick

President Trump, after less than two weeks of deliberations, is set to announce tonight his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that could well affect the court, and American jurisprudence, for a generation. Relishing the suspense, Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. Monday announcement from the White House.

The other finalists, also federal appeals court judges, were Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Raymond Kethledge of MI.

Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice.

At a North Dakota campaign rally shortly after Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump indicated that he plans to choose a replacement who can sit on the court for decades to come.

Since Kennedy declared his retirement almost two weeks ago, conservative groups have been gearing up for a battle of a lifetime as Democrats vow to do everything possible to block President Trump's choice.

White House Principal Press Secretary, Raj Shah, tweeted out the following statement regarding Casey's opposition. "Every one, you can't go wrong". Hardiman was the first person in his family to attend college, and he helped pay for his Georgetown University law degree by driving a taxi.

Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987.

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Trump's nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit, and another finalist, Judge Thomas Hardiman of the 3rd Circuit, are also Catholic.

Live: US President Donald Trump announces his pick for the Supreme Court. Other Democrats who represent heavily Republican states will also be under pressure to support the nominee.

Trump seems eager to reveal his pick, raising the subject on Sunday afternoon as well.

Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society and has been advising Trump over the court nomination, said he assumes Kavanaugh, Barrett, Hardiman and Kethledge "are the four" who are getting the most focus. Like Trump's first nominee previous year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare. The ads, costing a total of $1.4 million to run, will feature biographical information about the nominee and will be aimed at red state Democrats, including newly elected Sen. She said the Senate "should confirm his nomination without delay". Doug Jones, D-Ala. said in a Sunday interview on CNN's State of the Union. He's written 286 opinions, which is the most of any current judge under consideration.

Neera Tanden, president of the progressive Center for American Progress, says President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Wolf in July Fourth salute: "God bless abortions and God bless America" Graham: Trump's Supreme Court picks "all winners" Man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Trump supporters, GOP lawmaker MORE is trying to orchestrate a "right-wing takeover" of the judiciary.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle.

Before his election to the Senate, Kyl served in the U.S. House from 1987 to 1995. "We don't know who the nominee is going to be yet", Sen.

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