Trump Supreme Court Pick Could Have Seismic Impact

Trump Expected to Unveil Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night

Trump plays up suspense over momentous Supreme Court nomination

A new national poll shows Americans would like the Senate to move "as quickly as possible" on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Those who discussed the president's decision, and spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not disclose the name of the president's selection.

Kavanaugh, 53, is a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Yale Law School graduate who previously served in both Bush administrations.

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said.

Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.

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Trump had said he hoped to make his decision by the time he returned Sunday from a weekend in New Jersey, but he told reporters en route to the White House that he needed more time.

The pollster said the result is comparable to attitudes in February 2016 following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Leahy is the longest serving member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is expected to hold confirmation hearings on the nomination.

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Within Republican ranks, Senator Susan Collins has already signalled she could break with her party if Trump taps someone hostile to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women's access to abortion. Jon Kyl of Arizona to be the "sherpa" to steer President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee through the Senate confirmation process, spokesman Raj Shah announced. But it's likely that supporters of abortion rights are still wondering about this issue. "Over the coming weeks I will review his judicial record while also ensuring that Judge Kavanaugh will approach each case on its merits and follow the law as it is written".

The director of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" told fans late Monday that President Trump will usher in an era worse than anything conceived by a Marvel supervillain.

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After endorsing Trump choice Neil Gorsuch past year, Cashman is at it again, this time backing Brett Kavanaugh.

Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well. 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. Like Trump's first nominee past 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. Lindsey Graham of SC said he got a call from Trump about the nomination before the president departed for a weeklong European swing.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to opposed Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything he has.

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. Another potential mark against her is she's pretty new to the federal bench. He even identified his sister- a liberal Bill Clinton appointee to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals - as his model of an ideal federal judge.

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