Tennessee Senators Reserve Judgment On Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia

"This is even more importance than voters attached to the selection of a new high court justice as they weighed their vote in the 2016 presidential election".

Kavanaugh also worked with special counsel Ken Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton.

In October of previous year, Kavanaugh was part of the D.C. Court of appeals that ultimately ruled on an immigrant girl's right to have an abortion while she was in US custody.

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Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter. "I support President Trump's nominee, and I hope the Senate will move expeditiously to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, a high quality and uniquely qualified nominee". "And, of course, Republicans said they had to do that with Elena Kagan", Leahy said, noting that search turned up "hundreds of thousands of pages". But there are red state Senate Democrats who are up for re-election in November like Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of WV and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may not be able to participate in the confirmation process.

"I'm very close to making a decision", Trump said. The two groups were key in developing the list of candidates used by President Trump to make a decision.

President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he says with his final four options "you can't go wrong". Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.

His mother was also a judge. About 60 of the children - all under age 5 - will be reunited by that time, a Justice Department attorney said.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", he said.

On Sunday Leonard Leo, a Federalist Society official who has been advising Trump, added a fourth name: that of Thomas Hardiman, 53, a federal appeals court judge in Philadelphia.

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"Well, they're going to be completely in concert with President Trump's promise to only appoint biased judges who will overturn Roe".

Emerging from the private meeting with Kennedy, Trump set his sights on Kavanaugh, who was already a top choice of his. "It's not as though Judge Kavanaugh would be replacing a Justice who was completely and entirely pro-choice, but I think there is reason to suspect that he might be more conservative than Justice Kennedy". Kennedy, a 1988 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, was the most unpredictable.

Conservatives have taken issue with a potential Kavanaugh nomination, with some critics on the right citing his closeness to the Bush 43 administration while others believe he doesn't have a strong enough stance against abortion.

Thus it was that the 81-year-old Californian - until recently the only Westerner on the nine-member court - cast the deciding votes in recent years on gay marriage and gun ownership, prayer and privacy, campaign finance and capital punishment.

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