Trump to unveil Supreme Court pick in prime time

Donald Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court setting up bitter confirmation fight

NY time to name his choice.

But with mere hours left to go before his self-imposed deadline, Trump, who has been consulting with family, friends and advisers this weekend while in Bedminster, New Jersey, has reportedly yet to make a final decision. But the situation appeared to remain fluid. Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked to have the inside track within the White House last week but may have hit a snag. "I'm going to be supportive of our leader and move this process forward", she added. Drawing on his experience working on the Clinton investigation and then in the Bush White House, he wrote in a 2009 law review article that he favored exempting presidents from facing both civil suits and criminal investigations, including indictment, while in office.

The appellate court judge in Washington has a "slight" advantage, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation, who helped shape Trump's list of possible justices, said Sunday on Fox News.

A senior White House aide under Republican former President George W. Bush who previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, Kavanaugh faced a long confirmation battle when Bush nominated him to his current post in 2003.

Hatch, who has participated in the confirmation hearings for 15 justices, including all nine now on the high court, says any one of the four would make a good justice. He was confirmed just 66 days after he was nominated.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", saying he is "considered a judge's judge and a true thought leader among his peers".

Still, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican leadership, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the Senate "can confirm any of the four names being mentioned".

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"The president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here", Blunt said. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months". A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right to abortion. Gorsuch, Trump's first pick, is 50.

Democrats see the seat being vacated by Justice Kennedy, a conservative judge who sometimes sided with the court's liberal wing, as critical to maintaining abortion rights and key provisions of former President Barack Obama's healthcare plan.

Many senators, including Capito, said the nomination process should wait until after the election.

During an appearance on MetroNews "Talkline", Capito said she wants Trump to nominate a judge similar to Gorsuch, who she voted to confirm previous year.

Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The White House noted Kyl served on the Senate Judiciary Committee "during the confirmations of 4 of the last 5 justices who have joined the Supreme Court".

"I suspect that (Democrats) will really get vicious if Barrett is chosen", he said.

-With assistance from Greg Stohr, Laura Litvan and Ben Brody.

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