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Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

Trump's pick will cement a 5-4 majority on the court for conservatives who could quite possibly dominate for a generation and, combined with his aggressive efforts to appoint judges to other federal courts across the country, ensure that the imprint of his contentious presidency will endure long after he has left office.

Valentino explained that she and Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be strong conservative choices.

But much like his entire presidency, there are no assurances it will go smoothly. Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski is in the spotlight for similar reasons.

While activists and progressive groups are targeting moderate Republican senators who support abortion rights like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, urging them to reject any Trump nominee who is hostile to Roe v. Wade, a handful of Democrats will be key in deciding whether the president gets his pick confirmed to the high court, because of the razor-thin partisan divide in the Senate.

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.

"I've never seen it this dysfunctional". He said Sunday that he hoped to have made a decision by noon Monday.

But it is Kavanaugh who has been the focus of much of the lobbying, both for and against him. "Those questions haven't been asked".

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Still, for conservative activists, such distinctions between the potential nominees are quibbles. At her recent confirmation hearing, however, she said it was never permissible for judges to "follow their personal convictions in deciding a case". The two groups were key in developing the list of candidates used by President Trump to make a decision.

Hardiman could also have one important advocate.

Pressed on Barrett, he contended that "she's shown tremendous respect and deference for precedent".

The White House guest list for the Monday night announcement includes Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and another committee member, John Kennedy, R-La. Hardiman was on the president's short list when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.

The White House has assembled a team to handle communications, strategy and messaging coordination to defend and push the nomination through on Capitol Hill. On Sunday he was back to citing "the four people". But they're excellent. Every one. "But I'm getting very close to making a final decision". This is President Trump speaking to reporters Sunday.

Much of the groundwork for a successful confirmation comes in private meetings that the nominee will have with individual senators in the coming weeks.