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"There's not gonna be a President Donald Trump", actor George Clooney said.

Trump planned to announce his pick Monday night.

"Beyond the procedure, beyond the gamesmanship, it is a life-and-death important decision to be made by this court on so many issues", Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the body's No. 2 Democrat, said Sunday on NBC. "I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law". "They're excellent. Every one you can't go wrong". Kavanaugh, for instance, has not been as vocal about his opinions on abortion as, say, Amy Coney Barrett, another top contender for the role. He was a runner-up a year ago when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence. "So, he would be the easy pick".

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said he's keeping an "open mind" on Kavanaugh's nomination. He has said the indictment of a president would not serve the public interest.

"Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!" he wrote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) told the president over the weekend that Hardiman and Kethledge would face the fewest obstacles to confirmation. And then McConnell has said he'd like to see someone confirmed before the court returns in early October.

A conservative majority could also have implications for Mr. Trump himself if he gets into a legal fight with Robert Mueller - who is investigating allegations of collusion between Mr. Trump's campaign team and the Russian government in the 2016 election - over the special counsel's power to subpoena the President.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013. John McCain, R-Ariz, is absent getting cancer treatment, so Republicans now have just a 50-49 vote hold. Trump's nominee can win confirmation with only Republican votes, but attention will quickly shift to two moderate GOP senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who are supportive of abortion rights. Dick Durbin, the Democratic whip, Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press.

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MCCAMMON: Well, the other two names that we're hearing a lot about are Thomas Hardiman, another federal appeals judge who was a runner-up to Justice Neal Gorsuch the last time around. Kavanaugh also did preliminary work that led to Clinton's impeachment for an affair with a White House intern. Kavanaugh also repped Cuban tot Elian Gonzales, pro bono, when conservatives battled to keep him from returning to Cuba; Kavanaugh also was one of the George W. Bush lawyers in the Florida recount. The issue was her involvement with a mostly Catholic, conservative religious group called People of Praise.

Hardiman went to Notre Dame and Georgetown.

Barrett clerked for Scalia and earned high praise from conservatives for her answers about her Catholic faith at a Senate confirmation hearing past year.

"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require". Bush first selected him for the D.C. court in 2003, but the nomination languished and lapsed. And often when two factions war with each other over a judicial pick, a different candidate becomes more attractive.

McConnell laid the groundwork for this moment with a startling move just hours after Justice Antonin Scalia's unexpected death in February 2016.

Democrats are warning that Trump's nominee would jeopardize some of progressives' most important policy priorities in recent decades - including rulings that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as former President Barack Obama's health care law.

In it, he notes that when writing opinions, he retreats to his converted barn office overlooking Lake Huron with no Internet.


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