SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Trump Teases 'EXCEPTIONAL' Court Pick

SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Trump Teases 'EXCEPTIONAL' Court Pick

The White House hoped to keep the details under wraps until he rolls out his pick from the East Room.

Kavanaugh, 53, has sat on the Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., a position he was nominated for by former President George W. Bush.

The decision has far-reaching implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration. "Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack". "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump said.

With reality television-style suspense, he had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

Trump had been going back and forth between Kavanaugh, the favorite of White House counsel Don McGahn, and Hardiman, whom the president's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a former colleague of Hardiman's, has pressed him to choose. The Supreme Court nominee argued in the past that President Bill Clinton could have been impeached for lying to and misleading both his staff and the public at large.

"I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me".

While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a legal clerk for Justice Kennedy", Trump added, saying his nominee "deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support". Judge Thomas Hardiman is a USA appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist". He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favoured limits on investigating the president.

Analysts say that could have weighed in his favour with the White House, given that the Supreme Court may at some point be asked to rule on matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation.


A conservative group plans to launch an ad campaign in four states with Democratic senators Monday night immediately after President Trump announces his new Supreme Court nominee in a prime-time address.

The vacancy on the nation's highest court was caused by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. But Judge Kavanaugh may not be so accommodating.

She rocketed to the top of Trump's earlier list of 25 Supreme Court candidates after her performance during her confirmation hearing last fall, when Democrats cited her deep Catholic faith as a potential problem.

The front-runner was a front-runner for a reason.

Prior to Trump's announcement, Republicans Sens.

He is the kind of judge a President Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney would have picked - a man with an established legal pedigree and a reputation as a reliably conservative jurist. Gorsuch restored the court's conservative majority.

With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative.

It's a promise that has helped cement near-record levels of support for his presidency from Republican voters - and for good reason.

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