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What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

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"As a fair legal mind, defender of the Constitution, and a judge on the D.C. Circuit, Brett Kavanaugh is prepared for a seat on the Supreme Court", Byrne posted on Facebook and Twitter.

The upcoming confirmation battle is expected to be as contentious as one has ever been in American history. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49. John McCain has been absent as he battles brain cancer. "Montanans have a lot on the line with this next Supreme Court justice, so I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put politics aside and do what's best for this nation". There is no term limit, and judges are appointed for life.

Still, Trump has recounted how close he came to selecting Hardiman, who was recommended by the president's sister and sometime confidante, retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry. The nominee's record receives extensive scrutiny, with witnesses making their case for and against him. Jon Kyl would guide President Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

Judge Bork's nomination failed because of concerns about extremely conservative ideology whereas Judge Thomas was opposed because of the Anita Hill accusations about sexual harassment.

"The president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here", Blunt said. But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee.

A practicing Catholic active in various religious organizations, Kavanaugh is a married father of two girls.

The senator had stumped publicly for her and called her an outstanding judge.

Justice Kennedy played that role in recent years. President Donald Trump: "Well, it's still-let's say it's the four people, but-and they're excellent, every one". This will constitute the most conservative bloc of justices since the early years of the Roosevelt administration, when a hidebound group of justices struck down crucial pieces of New Deal legislation created to ease the suffering of millions during the Great Depression. Kavanaugh, we may hope, will work to resist his nominator and to preserve that neutrality.

Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale.

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If confirmed by the Senate, the nominee would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) already spoke out Monday evening saying that he was going to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination with "everything" he has.

Democrats in particular are extremely concerned that this appointment would severely erode abortion rights. Despite the fact he has not ruled on any cases touching abortion, Senate Democrats may united to block the nomination, and while pro-abortion Republicans like Susan Collins from ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska may refuse to confirm someone they believe might overturn Roe v. Wade.

And the next month is likely to witness heightened protests and campaigns to protect abortion rights. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court".

Kennedy cast the pivotal vote to uphold Roe in the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision.

Something similar will probably eventuate if abortion is litigated again. Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked to have the inside track within the White House last week but may have hit a snag.

Even if Roe is overruled - unlikely given public opposition - abortion will not become impossible. He worked on W.'s legal team during the hanging chads fiasco; he also represented former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush in a 2000 lawsuit over school vouchers in the Sunshine State.

In that dissent, Kavanaugh wrote that "the regulations substantially burden the religious organizations' exercise of religion because the regulations require the organizations to take an action contrary to their honest religious beliefs (submitting the form) or else pay significant monetary penalties".

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