President Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee Monday night

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U.S. President Donald Trump introduces his Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a legal clerk for Justice Kennedy", Trump added.

Kavanaugh is federal appellate judge on the D.C. Circuit, and during his confirmation hearing in May 2006, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked if he considered Roe v. Wade "an abomination".

Hardiman had a personal connection to the president, having served with President Trump's sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

"Democrats in the Senate should use every tool at their disposal to stop Judge Kavanaugh from being confirmed".

"The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguarding of the crown jewel of our republic, the Constitution of the United States", Trump said.

Kavanaugh is a former loyal aide to George W. Bush - serving as White House lawyer and staff secretary - but has received criticism from the right over a 2015 ruling on ObamaCare.

Assuming Kavanaugh's candidacy receives support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would need a simple majority of Senate votes to be placed on the high court. Kavanaugh later worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton. His boosters, sensing this weekend that Hardiman could be ascending on the president's list, have been busy making phone calls to friends in Trump's inner circle.

The Times says Trump has recently been asking associates about Hardiman, and has also been talking about Barrett and Kavanaugh. Trump is announcing his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night.

JCN's ad buy is a piece of a broader, well-organized effort by right-wing groups intent on putting conservative judges on federal courts while Trump is in office. Throughout his three decades on the court, Kennedy was often the decisive vote in close cases, particularly those involving abortion rights. He was said to be the leading contender in the days after Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement.

The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49.

Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well.

Conservative judicial activists will immediately begin running ads pressuring politically vulnerable Democratic senators to vote for confirmation. Heidi Heitkamp - voted "yes" on the confirmation of his first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Trump also met with Republican Sens.

Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court. For example, on the campaign trail, Trump promised his base that if he was elected he would appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. But he has a comparatively thin record of judicial opinions and some conservatives have voiced concerns that he could turn out to be similar to Justice David Souter, who was appointed to the court by President George H.W. Bush but sometimes sided with the court's liberals.

"Our fundamental rights as Americans are at stake, from access to basic health care and a woman's right to choose, to voting rights, workers' rights and marriage equality".

On one front he has been clear, however - while he admires Kavanaugh's credentials, he is also concerned by his work in the Bush administration.

Trump could yet have further opportunities to move to the court to the right. Fellow liberal Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month. "One of the Senate's highest constitutional responsibilities is to provide advice and consent on nominations to the Supreme Court, and I look forward to the Senate fulfilling this critical duty through a fair and thorough confirmation process", McCain said.