Who is Supreme Court contender Amy Coney Barrett?

President Donald Trump has decided on his nominee to the Supreme Court after spending Monday morning working the phones primarily seeking input about two judges who were said to be the finalists, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Thomas M. Hardiman, people familiar with the discussions said.

He wrote a Minnesota law review article in 2009 arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.

The choice could be made all the more hard for Casey if Trump nominates Thomas Hardiman, now serving as a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals which covers part of Pennsylvania, and who was first appointed to serve in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in 2003.

Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch. Trump plans to reveal his choice Monday night from the White House.

Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome.

The appointment is seen as crucial because Kennedy was often a swing vote who would sometimes side with the court's four conservative justices and at other times with its liberals.

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. The White House said Monday that former Sen. But there's one qualification that could prove a problem for the judge: his ties to the Bush family have reportedly raised Trump's suspicions.

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". But a woman's right to choose may be at the center of the Senate's confirmation hearings.

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As the president deliberated, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network prepared for a seven-figure advertising buy in four states to support the eventual nominee.

The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49. Republicans now control that number of Senate seats, although one of their number, Senator John McCain, is at home in Arizona battling cancer.

Kavanaugh says he will begin meeting with members of the Senate on Tuesday.

"I suspect this is going to be a rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight", Kennedy said.

All eyes on which senators?

The Judicial Crisis Network will spend $1.4 million on national cable, digital ads supporting the nominee in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, featuring an introductory biography about the jurist. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically".

All three face gruelling re-election campaigns this year in their conservative states. Gorsuch, who worked at the Justice Department in 2005 and 2006, had a smaller set of executive branch documents for review. Susan Collins, who declined the invitation.

Trump has previously said he wanted "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.

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